Villa Bilek was built in 1911. Its interior and exterior were designed by Frantisek Bilek, Czech sculptor and printmaker. It is not luxurious building, but it is very cosy, calm and pleasant – it is kind of perfect place for an artist to live and work in. Although it is not widely known, it is must-see place.
Exterior of Villa Bilek is hard to see because it is hidden by kind of park in its own front yard.
There is permanent exhibition of Bilek’s works (sculptures, prints, sketches, interior decorations…) in Villa.
Villa Bilek is in Mickiewiczova street No. 1, in Hradcany. It is just a couple of minutes walk far from Belvedere. The nearest Metro station is Hradcanska.
Open: May 15th – October 15th: Tue-Sun 10-18 / October 16th – May 14th: Sat-Sun 10-17
Works of Chech artist David Cerny, who received his education in Czech Republic and in USA, could be seen all over Prague. Among the most interesting are "Babies" on TV tower Zizkov, "Hanging Out" on the building in Husova Street, "Pi*s" at Kampa island, "Horse"…
"Horse", representing St Vaclav, riding horse in the very strange way, was created in 1999, and, after several ideas of its location, it was finally set in passage way of the Lucerna Palace in Vodickova Street, just a few meters from Vaclavske namesti.
Back Garden of Sternberg Palace is peaceful oasis in the very centre of Prague area overcrowded with tourists. Although there are several works of Czech sculptors in it, it is often missed by National Gallery visitors. Maybe it should stay this way and its enchanting silence should be as it is.
Works of Chech artist David Cerny, who received his education in Czech Republic and in USA, could be seen all over Prague. Among the most interesting are "Hanging Out" on the building in Husova Street, "Horse" in passage way of the Lucerna Palace, "Pi*s" at Kampa island, "Babies"…
Enormously big, black, faceless babies crawling over TV tower Zizkov – it is "Babies". First "Baby" was presented in 1994, and this instalation is permanent on Zizkov tower since 2001.
Karel Capek was the most famous Czech writer of the first half of the 20th century. His brother Josef Capek was very important painter, writer and poet.
There is modest but beautiful Josef Capek and Karel Capek monument on the square Namesti Miru. On each of two wider sides of roughly carved monument there is one name made of holes.
Namesti Miru can be reached by Metro – there is station Namesti Miru. Another Metro station – I.P.Pavlova is just nearby.
The 216 metre tall Television Tower is the tallest structure in Prague...and some say the ugliest!
It is located a little out of the centre of the city, but only a short metro ride away, and in my opinion, worth the trip.
A crazy silver metallic tower, it has large 'babies with barcodes for faces' crawling on the outside of it! You can catch a lift up to the viewing platform which is 100 metres up for views across Prague and the surrounding area.
There is a restaurant and cafe up there as well. We went to the cafe for a coffee and I would say it was one of the WORST coffees I have ever had. Undrinkable...and terrible service. But hey, we weren't there for the coffee, but for the view, which was fabulous.
Nearest metro: Jiriho z Podebrad
Tower Praha, a.s., Mahlerovy sady 1, Prague 3
Maltezske Namesti is a small square located close to Nerudova (the main road leading up to the castle).
Untouched by time, this L shaped square is surrounded by baroque houses and was named after the Knights of Malta who established a monastery nearby.
This is one of those little 'just of the beaten track' treasures that give you a real feel for this beautiful city.
Nearest metro: Malostranska
Works of Chech artist David Cerny, who received his education in Czech Republic and in USA, could be seen all over Prague. Among the most interesting are "Babies" on TV tower Zizkov, "Horse" in passage way of the Lucerna Palace, "Pi*s" at Kampa island, "Hanging Out"…
Made in 1996, "Hanging Out" is now located on the building in Husova Street.
The Church of the Sacred Heart (or the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord) is a pretty distinctive building.
You will taken a back when you come out of the metro station (probably on your way to the TV Tower) and see this church looming before you.
It is certainly unique…kind of ugly looking in fact, with a huge clock on its rather flat tower.
It was completed in 1932 so is pretty new really. Located in a grassy square, make sure you stop off for a photo if you happen by.
Namesti Jiriho z Podebrad
Nearest metro: Jiriho z Podebrad
Upon crossing Karluv most ( Charles Bridge ) into Mala Strana, most tourists immediately take the most direct route to Prague Castle. Some get a brief glimpse of the magnificent ancient buildings that line the entire route, but many scarcely seem to notice them. Instead of enjoying the walk they complain about how steep the climb is. Few realize how many fascinating things there are to see and experience just a few meters from the designated tourist route.
Shown in photo #1are just a few of the many styles of Baroque building facades that grace the fascinating and uncrowded side streets of Mala Strana. The buildings shown were originally constructed from 600 to 900 years ago during the Romanesque and Gothic eras. As was the case throughout medieval Europe, there were no spaces between buildings sharing common walls. During the Baroque era, frill seeking people tired of the plain roof gables, and built facades ( false fronts ) in front of all street facing gables. The facade at the left has the familiar scrole design. A wedding cake style facade looms high in the center, and a facade with a round portal type window is at the far right.
Photo #2 shows some of the very verticle 700 year old buildings near the banks of the Vlatava River. The dominant architectural style is early Baroque, except for the ground level porticos and arcades that have maintained their original Gothic appearance. Cars are parked everywhere as you can see. Siumply navigate your way around them.
Both photos are of areas about 300 meters northwest of Karluv most.
Prague can be a very crowded city filled with tourists. But there are ways to escape the crowds. Walking along the water front and the canels just outside of the Old Town area can be a welcome escape. As you can tell from this picture the waterfront is very beautiful. Enjoy the crowds. Enjoy the tourist attractions and then take some time to just enjoy the beauty of the quieter side of Prague.
If you have followed my pages you will know that I am a big James Bond fan. I like to visit places where Bond movies have been set. But there has never been a Bond film set in Prague. So what is the Bond connection here? I found this store for eye glasses in Prague. It was called Goldeneye and had a picture of James Bond on its sign. It caught my attention. I also like to find South Park references when I travel. I found a sweatshirt in Prague that had the gang from South Park with the world Oh My God You Killed Kenny You Bastards all written in Czech.
A modern Prague mall with interesting architecture. This is a four level mall with an open area in the center. The top level houses my favorite part, the food and drink area, which is an excellent place to eat lunch and mingle with the locals. The food is good and the prices are much lower than in " designated tourist zones ".
Here is an Interesting side note regarding fast food restaurants in Czechia: Pivo ( beer ) is one of the beverage options for combination meals or just by itself. That is my idea of a happy meal. American owned fast food restaurant chains in Prague do not adhere to this policy of course. Doing so would harm their puritanical image.
The mall also houses many attractive and tidy shops. Knowing almost nothing about shopping, I cannot provide any specific information or rave reviews about the shops.
This mall and many of Prague's interesting places were placed on " the verboten or forbidden list " compiled by the tourism gods. Don't mind the experts of organized travel. The locals will welcome you to their mall.
Just three stops east of Wenceslas Square on the furiously fast subway trains ( takes about 3 minutes meaning it is very close to the main tourist sites ). Metro line A, station Flora. Disembark, ascend the stairs or escalator, and you will find yourself standing at the floor level entrance to the mall. How easy ! Use your public transportation pass. They are cheap and contrary to popular opinion, tourists are allowed to purchase them.
Shown is a sample of the architectural gems on the banks of the Vlatava River a couple of klicks upstream ( south ) of " da famous tourist bridge boss ".
These mansions were built about 300 years ago for the rich and snobby. Currently they are apartment buildings. The baroque architectural elements are magnificant. Great wrought iron work. The sheer rock retaining wall drops vertically to the water.
These buildings and many others can be seen from the long riverfront footpath or from a tour boat.
Prague is filled with excellent well preserved Renaissance and Baroque architecture. This 500 year old former palace and others like it are located near the banks of the Vltava River, about 600 meters north of the Vysehrad complex.
The " cascading " gold plate style facade covering the front roof gable is classical high Baroque, while most of the exterior is Renaissance. The two identical half timbered rooms on each side of facade base have parabaloid roofs, and resemble ornate medieval guardposts.
The laundry hanging on the guard fence of the central balcony added a nice touch of color to my photo. This particular palace is now an apartment building and therefore, tours of the interior are not available. Feel free to admire the exteriors of these grand old historical buildings.
Better description of location later.
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