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St Wenceclas Monument

Favorite thing St Wenceclas Monument is probably the best-known Prague statue anda very popular meeting place of Prague citizens.

It's located in the upper part of the Wenceslas Square and represents the patron of the country, St. Wenceslas, the Duke of Bohemia in the 10 th century.

Fondest memory St. Wenceslas Monument consists of the 5.5 metres high statue of St. Wenceslas and statues of other Czech patrons around him: St. Ludmila on the left, St. Agnes behind her, St. Procopius on the right and St. Adalbert behind him.

The monument was made between 1887 and 1924 by Josef Vaclav Myslbek.

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kris-t
Oct 20, 2013

Radio Free Europe

Favorite thing To the side of the National Museum is the old Czech federal parliament building which at the moment houses Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, they broadcast into the Middle East and Afghanistan and so have to have concrete walls and guards placed around the building to prevent it being attacked by terrorists. It will not be located here for much longer however as it is moving to a new purpose built building and some of the National Museum exhibits are to be moved in whilst that building undergoes renovation.

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DavyJB
Dec 13, 2006

Even Superheroes have Bad Days

Favorite thing This sculpture of Superman is all the more unfortunate when you consider what happened to Christopher Reeve after he fell off a horse head first (It's titled "Even Superheroes have bad days".

In case you didn't know Christoper Reeve played Superman several times in films made around the 1980's. Later on he was horse riding and was thrown off to land on his head and break his neck. He survived but was massively paralysed. He died a few years ago as a result of the paralysis.

I'm not sure whether this sculpture plays on this theme or is just indicating that everyone has a bad time sometimes. If you look at my second photo here it gives you the artists interpretation of this sculpture.

Fondest memory More livening up of Wenceslas Square

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easyoar
May 29, 2006

Spontaneous Sculptures

Favorite thing After Communism, the Czechs seem to have got into expressing themselves in a big way through art, and in particular sculpture. I don't know whether these sculptures move around, I don't believe them to be permanent, but they certainly livened up Wenceslas Square, which it a strange square (it's very long and thin, not like a "square" at all.

The most photogenic one is this pile of cars which makes a very nice window through which to view the natural History museum, especially at night time. These sculptures are placed in such a way that people can interact with them by touching them etc.

Fondest memory Livened up Wenceslas Square

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easyoar
May 29, 2006
 
 
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Wenceslas Square

Favorite thing Wenceslas Square is the focal point of the Nove Mesto. Rather than square shaped it is cigar shaped and really reminds me of a long and wide avenue much like the Champ de Elysee in Paris. Wenceslas Square is wear to go if you came to Prague to shop as it seems that all the usual chain stores are congregated around here. Therefore many people, and I am one, will find this part of Prague over commerical. Also the run in with the occasional prostitute made it kind of seedy. The most famous landmark of the square is the Statue of St. Wenceslas at the south end of the square before the National Museum. This is a common meeting place and where you can get the best view of the rest of the sqaure in case you want to take a photo.

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Paul2001
Apr 09, 2006

GRAND HOTEL EUROPA

Favorite thing Located in Wenceslas Square is the elegant GRAND HOTEL EUROPA. This grand old lady has seen better days. If you get the chance to go inside, you will see the gorgeous art neuveau dining room.
The Hotel is surrounded by name brand shops and elegant restaurants and is located at Vaclavske Namesti 25.

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LoriPori
Nov 21, 2005

Wenceslas Square

Favorite thing Wenceslas Square - well actually its more an oblong - is the hub of the new town or nove mestro in its czech name. Here you will find brand name shops, hotels and cafes - look out for the art nouveau Cafe Europa - and the National Museum at the top end with the communist memorial just below the equine statue.

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sandysmith
Mar 29, 2004

Venceslao square

Favorite thing One of the main square in the cities, the square where the most imponent protest and riots toke part in the past.
The square where the student John Palach burnt himself after the Prague invasion by Russian army.
This square is now full of fast foods, casinos and brothels, I wonder if this is what that guy wished.

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Apr 09, 2003
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"What a great and romantic place !"
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"The beautiful town of Prague"
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"WOW! WHAT A WONDERFUL CITY!"
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"Praha is amazing!"
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"Peramble Around Prague"
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The W Square

Favorite thing The greesy snack shops on this place are rank ... dude do not eat there, I swear it's like horse meat. Not even wasted is that food good.

Fondest memory There are some really hot chicks shopping in the stores near by though ....

johnnyo
Feb 26, 2003

Vaclavské namestí.Saint...

Favorite thing Vaclavské namestí.Saint Wenceslao square.
This square (it is more a big avenue than a square), is the authentic centre of the city.
Bars,discos,shops,casino,hotels (specially Hotel Europa) make this a very animated place.
Here is the National museum and a nice memorial to Saint Wenceslao.

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fandango
Aug 25, 2002

Vaclavske namesti

Favorite thing Vaclavske namesti - the city centrum with many shops and bars and hotels, the National muzeum, theatres .....

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NightStar
Nov 25, 2005

Jindrisska street

Favorite thing Jindrisska street - next to Vaclavske namesti - full of small shops and restaurants, the main Post office in Prague

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NightStar
Nov 25, 2005

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