This monastery was built in 1182 on the place of an older construction from 1140.
Through the centuries it has been destroyed by fire, bombarded and ransacked by the Hussites as well as by other armies. Most of the buildings we see today was constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The highlight of this monastery is the library. This is made of two magnificient halls containing old volumes and manuscripts. The Theological Hall (1679-1727) and the Philosophical Hall (1797). Unfortunately you can' t go inside these halls. You can only peak into them from the corridor. These two halls are connected by a corridor that houses an extensive collection of various things as insects, a few weapons, lots of stuffed animals, minerals et al).
Within the monastery precinct there are also the church of the Assumption (1743-1752); a picture gallery, a deconsacrated chapel now used as exibitions hall and a couple of restaurants. One of these is also a brewery.
You can go to the monastery by tram n. 15 or n. 22. Get off at Pohorelec tram stop.
David Černý is a well known sculptor in the Czech Republic. His artwork is displayed throughout Prague. I did not find all of it but found some of it.
The statue of St. Wenceslas riding a dead horse is probably one of the more famous pieces displayed at Lucerna Palace central atrium.
The Babies are located in Prague at the Kampa Museum very close to Charles Bridge.
This castle is located about 30 minutes south of Prague on Highway E65 E50. You can't park at the castle itself. You will park down below. There are a couple ways to walk up to the castle. The website doesn't indicate appointments need to be made. The castle was closed but they said we could participate in the tour but we would have to wait about 45 minutes. So, we waited. It was worth while.
Not many castles you visit will be fully furnished in period furniture and décor. This one was which was great! Founded in 1241, this castle still belongs in the family, a descendant of the man who first had it built, Zdeslav of Sternberg. They actually live on the second floor. You will tour the 3rd floor. The tour is about 40-50 minutes. Since this tour was in the Czech language, we were given laminated information sheets in English.
Entrance cost is 125CZK for the Czech language tour. Other language tours cost 195CZK.
It does cost money to use the toilet.
Located at 257 27 Ceský Šternberk, Ceská republika
Please see my travelogue for more photos of the castle
This fountain situated in front of the Belvedere Palace in the center of an Italian garden in The Royal Garden.
It was made in 1568 by metal founder Jaros, who also known as a creator of the biggest bell of the Prague Castle for St Vitus Cathedral.
The fountain is also known as the Singing fountain but in order to hear this singing sound you have to be located right under the bronze bowl press your ear to the fountain very closely.
Belvedere is also known as the Queen Anne's Residence or Royal Summer Residence.
It was build between 1535 and 1563 and is often described as the most beautiful renaissance structure north of the Alps.
Belvedere's keel-shaped roof is also worth taking a look at. It was originally painted red and white and decorated with signs symbolising the Czech kingdom.
It's located in The Royal Garden which became accessible to visitors just in 2002. For centuries the garden was closed to the public.
The Ball Game Hall was built in The Royal Garden in 1569 for the successor of Ferdinand I, Emperor Maximilian II. It is decorated with beautiful sgraffito.
Originally it was build to hold indoor sports events but during the 18th century it was used as a stable and later as an army depot.
The building burned to the ground after Nazis set it on fire during WWII. It was restored in the 1950's and is now used as a music and conference hall.
Hanavsky pavilion was constructed from cast iron, masonry and glass in the Dutch Baroque style. The staircase was also richly decorated with artistic banister iron-works.
It has decorative bow-window, magnificent balcony, windows with iron-worked bars and terrace banisters.
The prince of Hanau donated the pavilion to the City of Prague before the Global General Exhibition ended. The construction was taken apart and then rebuilt on the new designated site at the edge of Letna Park in December 1891.
In the beginning Hanavsky pavilion was used more as a shelter for the park visitors and only later became a restaurant.
We looked at menu but it was very limited, seems like a burger king's brunch to us. Therefore we did not stay there for a meal and can not rate this place as a restaurant.
Opening hours: 11:00 - 24:00
Parizska ulice is the heart of Josefov and its main street. The street looks very representative, filed with beautiful buildings and prestigious rooftops. Obviously, it was an elite quarter in which lived the most wealthy members of the Jewish community of Prague.
Parizska street is a mecca for shoppers, but for those for whom the cost is not important at all. Here are arranged, side by side in a row, shops with the most prestigious fashion brands.
In the small park, next to the Old-new synagogue, is exposed a very beautiful sculpture of Moses, work of great Czech sculptor František Bilek. Bilek (1872-1941) is famous Czech Art Nouveau and Symbolist sculptor and architect. His works often reflect Biblical themes or have religious connotations. The bronze sculpture of Moses, work from 1905, represents the Bilek's vision of the Old Testament prophet.
Dancing Fountain is located on the square of irregular shape called Senovažne namesti (Haycarry Square), just behind Jindrisska Tower. The fountain is work of Austrian sculptor Anna Chromy, who is actually of Czech origins. Four bronze statues, each one over 2 meters high, dance around the fountain, and represents major rivers in the world.
The statue with a mandolin represents the Ganges River, the statue with a flute the Amazon River, the statue with a violin the Danube and the last with a trumpet the Mississippi River. There is the fifth statue, at the corner of small park, which is an allegory of the Nile.
It has to be said that the TV tower in Zizkov (one of Prague's inner suburbs) is horrendous, even by the low architectural standards set by TV towers worldwide!
Built just before the fall of the Berlin Wall (at a time when I am guessing that public participation didn't feature much in the planning of strategic installations), the tower looks like a rocket on a launch pad and apparently featured at No.2 in one list of the world's ugliest buildings: well justified recognition. And, to add insult to injury, part of a Jewish cemetery was demolished to built the tower's foundations.
So, how do you go about rehabilitating such an unloved monstrosity? Easy - you get David Cerný (somewhat of a celebrity 'enfant terrible' sculptor in the Czech Republic) to affix a group of giant faceless bronze babies onto the tower's pillars so that they appear to be using the tower as a climbing frame! These marauding infants were first installed in 2000 as a temporary arrangement, but proved so popular that they were reinstated in 2001 as a permanent fixture.
I have to declare my bias - I absolutely love them, although my brother (who actually lives in Zizkov) is somewhat scathing about their cultural merit. The TV tower and the outline of the babies are visible from across the city, and the mere glimpse of them on the skyline makes me smile! For me, this sculpture epitomises the cultured but irrevent spirit of Prague, and I find it hard to think of another city that would have permitted this (for which many people will probably be grateful)!
I visited the TV tower early one Sunday morning during my last visit to Prague. It was midsummer, and as part of my quest to dodge fellow tourists by venturing well off the beaten track, I decided to walk (although it is easily accessible by tram from the city centre). Despite the fact that is was a swelteringly humid day, I rather enjoyed the experience of following the tram line that meanders through suburbs that tourists don't usually venture into.
Apparently the restaurant in the tower was closed in 2010, but the observation platform is still open.
Even in Prague can be noticed that Jews had a special status throughout the history of their life in Europe. I shall not mention the name but I was in a city where, already in the Middle Ages, the Jewish quarter was separated by the walls and the gates have been locked over night. Less important is motive for doing it because when someone wants to isolate someone, will always find a "valid" reasons.......
This museum in Prague devoted to a system established in the sphere of the former Soviet Union. Three main rooms of the museum represent the themes of: Communism The Dream, The Reality and The Nightmare.
The Museum occupies 500 m2 inside the Savarin Palace situated on Na Prikope Street 10 near the metro station Mustek (line A and B).
Every day: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
(except 24 December)
190.00 CZK per Adult
We did not visit this museum at the simple reason that living 30 years in Soviet Union was quit enough for me. Did not whant any remainder....
In Národní muzeum - Èeské muzeum hudby (Czech Museum of Music) you may see quite rare instruments, from old ages until today. If you are music lover, you shoud visit this museum.
The building of the Czech Museum of Music is the former church of St. Mary Magdalene (1709). The essential subsequent reconstruction was carried out in 1850-1855, the last reconstruction was carried out in 2002-2004. The exposition was opened to the public in 2004.
Monday: 10.00 AM–6.00 PM
Wednesday: 10.00 AM–6.00 PM
Thursdays: 10.00 AM–6.00 PM
Friday: 10.00 AM–6.00 PM
Saturday: 10.00 AM–6.00 PM
Sunday: 10.00 AM–6.00 PM
Basic: 120 CZK
Karmelitská 2/4, 118 00 Praha 1
Maltezske Namesti is named after the Priory of the Knights of Malta, who took up residence in Mala Strana as early as in 1169.
A fountain in the centerof the Maltese Square was built to commemorate the end of the plague in 1715 and featuring a sculpture of St. John the Baptist.
There are many outstanding palaces and houses standing in the Maltese Square: Nostic Palace which is the seat of Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Palace of the Turbes (ca 1765), palace of the Strakas of Nedabylice and house U Zlatého køíže.
This place is well worth a visit.
GPS: 50°5'11.04"N, 14°24'19.08"E
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