This wonderful square, dominated by the Baroque church of St. Francis, is located by Vltava, close to Charles bridge.
Opened in the 19Th century, the Baroque style was preserved in most buildings, including the gallery of the Knights of the cross, and was embellished with a statue of St. Wenceslas and a monument honoring Charles IV.
We came upon this beautiful church as we neared Charles Square, a fairly large area of a park close to the river. The name of the church translates to Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Built in 1665-1678. If you are in the area, it is worth a visit. Inside the church is just absolutely beautiful. There is something peaceful when visiting a church even if it is in the middle of a hustling, bustling city.
Located in Prague but north of Old Town. It was easy too get to with public transportation. From Old Town Prague we entered the metro station at Mùstek, the B line or Yellow line towards Cerný Most. We exited at Florenc to continue on to the C line or Red line towards Letnany and exiting at the Nádraží Holešovice station. As soon as you exit the station, you can board the bus line # 112. You can exit the bus at the zoo, the castle is just across the street. A 30 minute ticket is all you need for the trek. That will take care of your metro ride, transfers and bus ride. You will buy another 30 minute ticket to get back. Machines are located at the bus stop at the zoo.
Now, about the castle, built for Counts of Šternberk from 1679 to 1691 but now owned by the City of Prague. The frescos painted on the ceilings and walls are fantastic. There is not much in the way of furniture to be seen. Each room has explanations on paper in various languages. Please see my travelogue for more pics.
We enjoyed visiting the Palace. The grounds reminded me of Palace of Versailles in a way.
I couldn't find an official website.
Open in April - October Tuesday through Sunday from 10am-6pm, except Fridays from 1pm-6pm
Closed in November - March
Admission: 120 Kč, reduced 60 Kč
From the Prague Castle and Letna Park you can see beautiful grounds and buildings and the panaromic views from these places are probably the best to be had in Prague.
Another fantastic view of Prague is opening from Strahov Monastery.
Hradcany (area of 1.5 sq km, a part of Prague 1 and Prague 6, next to Lesser Town) promises an unforgettable cultural experience. The area of Hradcany is rich in elaborate historical buildings, monuments, gardens and romantic little streets. Hradcany includes many precious historical and cultural landmarks and is home to Prague Castle.
Hradcany was founded as an independent town around 1320 by the Highest Burgrave Hynek Berka from Dube. In 1598 Hradcany became a royal town and in 1784 it merged with Prague.
Some of Hradcany landmarks:
- Archbishop's Palace
- Royal Garden
- Schwarzenberg (Lobkowicz) Palace
- Cernín Palace
- Plague Column of Virgin Mary
- Monument of Jan Masaryk
- Tuscany (Thun-Hohenstein) Palace
- Strahov Monastery
- Martinic Palace
- Hradcany Town Hall
- Chotek House
- Hradcany barraks
- At the Golden Tree
- At the Blue Star
- At the Three Yellow Roses
- Group of statues of St. John of Nepomuk
- At the Golden Ship, At Demartinis
- At the Golden Lion
- Hospital of St. Elizabeth
- A Wide Court
- Small Chernin House
- Vrbna Palace
- At the Press
- At the Golden Apple
- Dietrichstein Palace
- Radnieni stairs
- Church of Assumption of Virgin Mary
- Capuchin Monastery
Do not miss looking around this great Prague quarter.
Find out more about the mediaeval construction of the Charles Bridge - a unique historical sight and one of the symbols of Prague.
You will also unravel the truth about the recent Charles Bridge repairs.
Entry fees: 150.00 Czk
You can buy the 4-in-1 ticket. Its price includes the cruise through Prague Venice, entrances to the Charles Bridge Museum, Museum of Alchemists and the Mysteriae Pragensis Museum.
Adults 380,00 Czk
children 250,00 Czk
Summer season - May to September
Monday to Sunday
between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Winter season - October to April
Monday to Sunday
between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Karel IV (Charles), born Wenceslaus, (1316-1378) was the second king of Bohemia, from the House of Luxembourg, and the first king of Bohemia to become Holy Roman Emperor. In 1347, after his father King John died at the Battle of Crecy, Charles was crowned King of Bohemia.
Charles IV rebuilt the city of Prague onthe model of Paris, where he was resident for several years at the court of his uncle King Charles IV of France. He also established Novo Mesto (the New Town) and the university of Prague in 1348.
His reign was characterized by a transformation in the nature of the Empire and is remembered as the golden age of Bohemia. Charles also organized the states of the empire into peace-keeping confederations. King Charles IV made Prague the imperial capital and was a great builder in the city. In the present Czech Republic he is still regarded as "otec vlasti", pater patriae or father of the country. He was great lover of art and literature and corresponded with Petrarca, great Italian poet and invited him to visit his residence in Prague.
The monumental bronze statue of Charles IV was designed by Arnost Haehnel. The pedestal is adorned with allegories of four faculties: theology, medicine, law and philosophy.
This remarkable Baroque historic monument is a place of pilgrimage with captivating history.
Enjoy this picturesque view from the terrace of the Czernin Palace, Hradcany.
27-bell carillon plays a Marian song 'We Greet You a Thousand Times' (every hour from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). and a beautiful sound ringing around the courtyard outside.
Winter (1st November - 31st March)
Mon - Sun 9:30 - 12:15 a. m. and 1:00 - 4:00 p. m.
Summer (1st April - 31st October)
Mon - Sun 9:00 - 12:15 a. m. and 1:00 - 5:00 p. m.
Entrance fee (covers the entrance to the whole premises including the Treasury and the seasonal Exhibitons):
adults CZK 130.-
students CZK 100.-
family (2 adults + children under 15) CZK 270.-
Prague is child friendly city. There are a lot playgrounds, child friendly restaurant and places where the kids could play.
See the web page:
Staromestska vodarna (Old Town Water Tower) stands on the right bank of the Vltava River, on the place called Novotneho lavka (Novotny Footbridge). It used to supply the Old Town's fountains with water. The original tower, which date back to the beginning of the 14th century, was made of wood but its construction has been damaged by fire many times because the workers in the tower used to use open fire to melt frozen water in the pipes during winter. The other damages were caused by floods and icebergs.
The current look of the tower is from 1577 and 1878 when it got another floor and the town clock. The Water Tower served its purpose until 1880.
There are two towers on the left bank of the Vltava River, the higher one is called Bridge Tower and the smaller and older one is call Judith's Tower. Originally there were two small Romanesque towers in a pair which belonged to old Judith's Bridge, which fall down in the 14th century.
The higher tower was finished in 1464, in a Gothic style, as a copy of the Old Town Tower Bridge, but less decorated and less symbolic.
Both towers in Mala Strana side are connected by the 14th century Gothic gate which is decorated with the coat of arms.
Grand Prior's Mill is situated in a small artificial channel called Čertovka (the Devil's Stream), which is separating Kampa Island from Mala Strana. The mill is out of use and now representing only an touristic attraction. There is a story about Čertovka, it says that was named after a sharp-tongued woman who lived in the neighborhood. The mill was built in the early 13th century but now completely restored.
This relatively small square in the shadow of the Karluv Most (Cgarles Bridge), called Velkoprevorske namesti (Grand Priory Square), is the heart of Kampa Island. Kampa or Na Kampe, is an island in the central part of Prague, on the side of Mala Strana. The Charles Bridge crosses its northern side and is actually connected to the island. Kampa is separated from Mala Strana by a narrow artificial channel called Čertovka (Devil's Stream).
Kampa is an oasis of calm, romantic and charm, a place where locals picnic with friends or walking with their sweethearts. It earned the nickname among locals who call it The Venice of Prague. Kampa and its main square is a perfect place for spending quiet and enjoyable evening in one of bars around.
I must admit, I became 'churched out" in Prague! There were so many Churches and everyone I looked at was beautiful.
I came across the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on my last day. It's the Jesuit Church of the New City. This beautiful Church was built between 1658 & 1670, and has adjacent Chapels. On top of the roof, is a statue of Saint Ignatius of Loyola illuminated, dating from 1671.
It is possible to attend a Latin Mass with Gregorian choir every Sunday at 11am.
The website has a photo of the inside of the Church
The Kranner Fountain is one of the nicest fountains in Prague, my opinion only!
Built in gothic style, this very high monument is decorated with 25 figural allegories and 17 statues representing the occupations in the 16 regions of the country. The 17th statue is a figure sitting and looking towards the Vltava river - this figure represents Prague. Above these, are 8 allegorical statues representing ploughing, mining, trade, industry, art, sciences, peace and abundance.
The pedestal of the monument is the fountain. Inside the monument there is a 29m high pinnacle, inside of which is a replica cast statue of Emperor Franz I mounted on horseback, only placed here after re-construction of the fountain in 2003.
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