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    Dream Reality Nightmare (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Apr 16, 2010

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    The Museum of Communism is focused on period of about 40 years of communist regimes in eastern Europe and the existence of Warsaw pact, and their influence to life in Prague and whole Czechoslovakia. In this Museum one can see the photos of the world's biggest Stalin monument made by Otakar Svec and located at Letna in Prague from 1955 until 1962, find out many details about Soviet military occupation of the Czechoslovakia and protest suicides of Jan Palach and Jan Zajic… There are a lot of original statues of communist ideologists and leaders, poster, flags… Some of the most typical interiors of that time, such as interrogation room, general store… are reconstructed. Museum has a tiny cinema in which movie about communism can be seen.

    It is allowed to take photos in the Museum, without using flash.

    Gift shop of the Museum offers very interesting souvenirs.

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    Littlest Street in Prague

    by Mikebb Written Dec 9, 2005

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    This is the smallest street I have ever walked. It leads down to a man made canal running off the Vltava River and you finish up in a very nice restaurant overlooking the canal. It is a nice place to eat in the sun and watch the world go by. You can only enter and leave this street when you have the green traffic light, there is not enough space for 2 people.

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    Kostel sv. Ludmily | Saint Ludmila Church (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Apr 16, 2010

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    The Saint Ludmila Church is a Neo-Gothic church built in the period from 1888 to 1893. It dominates the Namesti Miru Square. Its interior and exterior were decorated by many famous artists of that time, including sculptor Josef Vaclav Myslbek, author of the statue of St Wenceslas on Wenceslas Square.

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    Statue of Moses in the street Parizska

    by littlesam1 Updated Jul 29, 2004

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    I took this picture before I realized what I was taking. Prague is a wonderful city to walk around and get lost in. There are so many little side streets and alleys that hold surprises all through the city. I had allowed myself to get lost one afternoon when I came upon this fascinating statue. I had to have a picture of it because it really caught my attention. Later I realized that I had walked into the old Jewish quater of Prague with its historical synagogues. With tales of Franc Kafka, the story of the Golem, and the horrendous history during World War II, the Jewish quarter has much to teach and please the casual tourist. Thats when I realized the statue was the one of Moses that I had read about. Going back to look at it once more, the posture and expression of statue then took on all new meaning. Definately one of those great experiences alone and lost in Prague.

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    Emauzy (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Apr 16, 2010

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    Emauzy Monastery with the Church of Our Lady and Slavic Patron Saints was founded by Charles IV in 1347 for Slavonic Benedictines. It was the only Slavonic monastery in the west Christianity of the Charles's empire, centre of scholarship and arts. Such personalities as Jan Hus, Jerome of Prague… were among the students.

    On February 14th 1945, during an American air-raid in Prague, the Church was destroyed. Later on, in 1967, a modern structure by the project of architect F. M. Cerny was realized – an asymmetric 32 m high shell structure with a 40 cm thick construction of white concrete.

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    6 Hour Prague Guided Walk

    by Mikebb Written Dec 11, 2005

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    This walk was scheduled for 6 hours but in fact our day lasted over 7 hours. Don't be afraid the walk is done at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops whilst the English speaking guide gives the history of a particular site. Our tour started at 10:30 am on a fine but cool late September day, we met at the Old Town square in front of the Astronomical Clock, there are many Tour Operators offering their services from this Town Hall area.The Tour we chose was the 6 Hour Grand Walk and our guide was an athletic young 28 year old Czech whose spoke perfect English and gave us a very detailed, but interesting commentary throughout the day.Some of the sights we visited were Wenceles Square, the Old Town Square,Estates Theatre, we walked the King's Coronation Route to Charles Bridge,then explored the Lesser Town and caught a tram up the hill to Prague Castle and spent several hours exploring including St.Vitus Cathedral. We then returned accross Charles Bridge for a late lunch at a typical local restaurant ( lunch included in price). Then explored the Jewish Ghetto, followed by a 1 hour boat trip on the Vltava River and then walked back to the Old Town square to complete a most enjoyable and rewarding day.Tours have limited numbers , on our tour there were only 4 tourists and we were told numbers are limited to 12 persons. All inclusive cost 900Kc.

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    Whistle stop tour of Prague...

    by RockTadgers Written Apr 20, 2005

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    Charles Bridge, the Castle, Wenceslas Square, Josefov and Stare Mesto are all a given on a trip to Prague. Here's a few other places you might want to check out -

    1. Prague TV Tower - the ugly looking metal thing blighting the city's horizon. Once you get up close to it, it's even more impressively monstrous. The scene is made even more bizarre by the huge black babies crawling on it. The view from the platform is stunning. Take the metro to Jiriho z podebrad.

    2. Olsany Cemetary - a beautiful old cemetary. Good for a quiet walk with a hangover. You'll find Franz Kafka here. Take the metro to Zelivskeho.

    3. Novy Svet - beyond the castle, you'll find charming old cobbled streets away from the tourist crush.

    4. Petrin Hill - topped by the minature eiffel tower, Petrin hill is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle. Can be very romantic, no matter what the weather.

    5. Hlavni Nadrazi - fans of faded opulence and rusted metal should head for the train station. Beware of the tramps though - stand still too long, and it turns into a scene from Night of the Living Dead.

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    ~ The Old Town Bridge Tower ~

    by Heavens-Mirror Written May 28, 2006

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    The Old Town Bridge Tower is a beautiful Gothic tower which was built in 1380. It is pary of Prague's old fortification system which was built to help guard the town against the northern invaders. The Old Town Bridge Tower is situated at one end of Charles Bridge which is where the entrance is to the Old Town.

    When visiting Prague this is a must see, make sure you go to the top of the tower and look at the wonderful views of the city from the top. The tower is accessed by 138 stairs. You can see a birds eye view of Charles Bridge, see the Prague Castle and also Mala Strana & the Vltava River.

    The height of the tower is 47 metres above the terrain of the bridge and 57 metres above the Vltava water level. The corner spires are situated in the height of 64 metres.

    Apr-May: Daily 10am till 7pm
    Jun-Sep: Daily 10am till 10pm
    Oct: Daily 10am till 7pm
    Nov-Feb: Daily 10am till 5pm

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    Great views of old town Prague.

    by hundwalder Updated Jan 11, 2007

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    There are many locations offering excellent views of old town Prague other than from the tops of the St. Vitus bell tower and the old city hall tower. For example, there are great views of Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and upper mala strana, from the beautiful Strahov Monastery complex. This photo was taken from that location. There is no charge to visit the complex. The Petrin hill tower, Petrin hill park, Letna park, and several other locations also offer great views. The many flowering trees that bloom in mid to late April provide the perfect setting for your views.

    Allow yourself time to visit the fascinating sites missed by most tourists. You will be greatly rewarded for the minimal effort. Use Prague's excellent public transportation network to quickly get to these " remote " locations. Tram #22 will take you to Strahov Monastery and to unforgettable places along the route.

    Enjoy Prague and get local.

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    The Golem in the Attic

    by gilabrand Updated Sep 19, 2005

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    For some reason, people love scary stories. Creepy tales about monsters and witches and creatures lurking in the dark seem to be part of every culture. The Abominable Snowman, the Loch Ness monster, Dracula, Baba Yaga, the Headless Horseman, Frankenstein – these are just a few that come to mind.

    The Golem of Prague is one of these creatures. “Golem” means unformed in Hebrew. According to the legend, Rabbi Judah Loew (1520-1609), known by the Hebrew initials of his name as the “Maharal of Prague,” created a Frankenstein-like man that performed tasks for him. The Golem was a lump of clay that came alive when the name of God (the “Shem”) was inscribed on its forehead. Because all creatures are meant to rest on the Sabbath, Rabbi Loew turned the Golem back into clay every Friday afternoon by erasing the sacred letters on its brow.

    One Friday he forgot. Towards evening, the Jews of Prague assembled for services at the Altneuschul (“Old-New Synagogue”) in the Jewish Quarter. Just as they finished reciting Psalm 92, a hymn welcoming the Sabbath, the Golem ran amok, threatening everything in its path. Rabbi Loew was summoned. The sun had not yet set, so technically, the
    Sabbath had not begun. The rabbi confronted the monster he had made and wiped the letters off its forehead. The Golem crumbled to dust. The rabbi then ordered Psalm 92 to be sung a second time, which has been the custom in this synagogue ever since.

    The Maharal never brought the Golem back to life again. He buried the remains in the attic of the synagogue – a strange looking Hansel and Gretel house with a brown pointy roof - where they lie to this day.

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    Kostel Nejsvetejsiho Srdce Pane (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Apr 16, 2010

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    There is amazingly beautiful and very unique church at the Jiriho z Podebrad Square – Church of the Most Sacred Heart of our Lord. This monumental church was built in the period from 1928 to 1932, and it is artwork of Slovenian architect Josip Plecnik.

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    jEWISH SYNAGOGUES

    by mallyak Written Sep 6, 2010

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    Maisel Synagogue (Czech: Maiselova synagoga) is a synagogue in Josefov, Prague, Czech Republic. It was built in 1590-1592, designed by Josef Wahl i Juda Goldsmied and paid by Mordechai Maisel. The synagogue burnt down in 1689 and was then rebuilt in baroque style. It was again rebuilt in 1893-1905. It was Hitler's intended "Museum of the Extinct Race".[citation needed] It serves today as a Jewish Museum, part of the collection of the Jewish Museum in Prague.
    The Old New Synagogue (Czech: Staronová synagoga; German: Altneuschule, Altneusynagoge) situated in Josefov, Prague, is Europe's oldest active synagogue.[1] It is also the oldest surviving medieval synagogue of twin nave design.[2]

    Completed in 1270 in gothic style, it was one of Prague's first gothic buildings.[3] A still older Prague synagogue, known as the Old Synagogue, was demolished in 1867 and replaced by the Spanish Synagogue

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    St. George's Basilica

    by mallyak Written Sep 29, 2010

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    St. George's Basilica is the oldest church building within the Prague Castle complex. It is also the best-preserved Romanesque church in Prague.
    St. George's Basilica was founded by Prince Vratislav (915-921). The basilica was then enlarged in 973 with the building of St. George's Benedictine Convent.

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    Markets - Off Old Town Square

    by Mikebb Written Dec 12, 2005

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    Whilst looking around the Old Town Square we came accross 2 separate markets, one market which had approximately 30 stalls selling souvenirs, food , jewellry, clothing etc. It was a good market and I actually bought a beer glass for our son and was happy to spend an hour whilst my wife browsed as I could people watch the square.This market was located directly behind the Astronomical Clock and well worth a visit.

    The other market , situated the other side of the square in a side street was basically a fresh foods market, vegetables, nuts, etc, however there were some clothing, leather items etc. Best of all there were several stalls selling the freshest sweets I have ever tasted. This market was exceptionally busy. We actually went to a bakery type shop around the corner and had some excellent filled bread rolls at very reasonable prices. This will be my next tip.

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    Looking for the perfect sunset photo

    by ncfg Written Aug 6, 2006

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    Thanks to my VT friend Eugene (eugene.uk), i didn't miss the incredible sunsets over the Charles Bridge, with the Prague Castle looking at the top of the hill.
    Lots of tourists were waiting for the perfect shoot, and I was one of them. I wish to have a better camera on that moment…

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