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    Franz Kafka statue in the Jewish Quarter
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    Zoubek's Monument to the victims of...
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    Prague's Hunger Wall
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    Royal Garden - Belvedere Palace

    by kris-t Updated Oct 13, 2013

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    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.

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    Royal Garden - Ball Game Hall

    by kris-t Updated Oct 13, 2013

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    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.

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    Hanavsky pavilion

    by kris-t Updated Oct 6, 2013

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    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

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    Dancing Fountain

    by croisbeauty Written Sep 26, 2013

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    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.

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    See babies clambering over the Zizkov TV tower!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Sep 16, 2013

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    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.

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    The Museum Of Communism

    by kris-t Written Aug 23, 2013

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    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).

    Opening hours
    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....

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    Czech Museum of Music - Èeské muzeum hudby

    by kris-t Updated Aug 18, 2013

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    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
    Tuesday: CLOSED
    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

    Admission fee:
    Basic: 120 CZK

    Karmelitská 2/4, 118 00 Praha 1

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    Maltese Square/Maltézské Námìstí

    by kris-t Updated Aug 17, 2013

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    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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    Bust of Winston Churchill

    by kris-t Updated Aug 9, 2013

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    You can see this bronze bust of famous British politician and statesman Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) near the British embassy in Thunovská street at Prague's Lesser Town (Mala Strana).

    You will find one of his wise sentences on the pedestal: "In the war the determination, in the loss the defiance, in the victory the generosity, in the time of peace the good will"...

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    9/11 New York Firemen Memorial

    by kris-t Written Aug 8, 2013

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    This small memorial dedicated to 343 firemen and rescuers who perished during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. You will find it in the Prague historic centre - Mala Strana, on the Kampa island - close to Charles Bridge.

    Date of Dedication: 9/11/2010

    Text on the memorial:
    "A firefighter is a person who lives, one themselves and one for others. Therefore the life of a firefighter holds a true understanding of all that is human"

    N 50° 05.212 E 014° 24.493

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    Mill Wheel on Kampa Island

    by kris-t Written Jul 29, 2013

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    The Mill is the building in the end of a narrow canal that separates the Kampa Island from The Little Town. The Mill Wheel looks very romantic and attracts lots of "pad locks lovers".

    It's located just under the West Tower of Charles Bridge.

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    Get out of town

    by Paroshep Written Jul 24, 2013

    Less than an hour by bus or train from Prague are a great many sites, villages and towns that offer a relaxing change of pace from the urban hustle and bustle.
    We just returned from an enjoyable day trip to Kladno, a suburban town with a history of its own. We have fond memories of a previous trip to Konopiste a delightful castle on a lake near a brewery.
    The list is too long for year. Just throw a dart at a map, do a little research and go on an adventure.

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    Frank Ghery's Dancing House

    by Jefie Written Jul 20, 2013

    Sometimes called Fred and Ginger, in reference to Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers, Frank Ghery's Dancing House belongs to the Prague branch of the Nationale-Nederlanden, a Dutch insurance company. It was designed and built in the 1990s on a vacant plot facing the Vltava River, in the Nové Město area. To say that it blends in well with the surrounding Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture would be a lie but, in my opinion, to call it an eyesore would equally be one - afterall, no building by Frank Ghery is really meant to blend in and go unnoticed! Ghery designed the Dancing House (thus nicknamed because some think it looks like a couple of dancers) in collaboration with Vlado Milunić in a unique style that falls under the deconstructivism category. The idea was to portray the country's passage from communism to democracy. I thought the final result was very cheerful and, needless to say, one-of-a-kind!

    The Dancing House is located in Prague's New Town area, at Rašínovo nábřeží 80.

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    Mucha Museum.

    by Maurizioago Updated Apr 29, 2013

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    This museum is dedicated to the life and the work of Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939). He was an Art Nouveau artist.

    Mucha made some posters for Sarah Bernhard, a famous actress of that time.

    Some lithographs, paintings, pictures, memorabilia and pages from his sketchbooks are on display here

    Address; Panskà, 7. Prague 1. This museum is not far from Venceslav Namesti. See Jindrisskà. The nearest metro station is Mustek.

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    Hunger Wall & Monument to the victims of Communism

    by Jefie Updated Mar 27, 2013

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    Back in the 14th century, a huge wall was built around Petrin Hill as part of the fortifications protecting the Prague Castle and Little Quarter areas. The original wall was over 4 m tall, nearly 2 m wide, and it featured 8 bastions. Today, about 1200 m of the Medieval wall remain in the Petrin Park area - it ends near the foot of the Legion bridge, at the corner of Ujezd and Vitezna. It became known as the Hunger Wall because its construction coincided with the great famine that hit the country in the 1360s and provided employment and a source of income to hundreds of people who might otherwise have died of starvation.

    Next to the wall, you'll find the “Monument to the victims of Communism” by Olbram Zoubek. This interesting monument was unveiled in 2002 and it features a group of six scultpures depicting men literally falling to pieces. It is meant to represent how Communism, which lasted from 1948 to 1989 in former Czechoslovakia, ate away at people's mind, body and soul.

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