At the Golden Apple also has another name - Kokysl House.
It was quite a big, attractively decorated building. I understand four old buildings were joined together to make one large.
During the 16th and 17th centuries this house underwent renovation, this was when the portals facing Husova street were added. The lovely Baroque appearance, is from the first half of the 18th century.
I read it has Gothic cellars and a late Gothic portal in the entry hall.
At the Golden Serpent is also known as Brandenburg House.
It was quite hard to get a photo of this late Gothic house that has been rebuilt in Renaissance style and has Baroque and Classicist adaptations.
It's believed, the owner of this house "Deodatus Dajamanus," was the first person to sell coffee in Prague. Interesting is that he used to dress in an Oriental outfit and stand in front of his house trying to sell coffee. Imagine this - He had a hot coal container and a kettle on the top of his head, held small cups and sugar in his hands, and all the time was trying to convince people walking by to try the "exotic" cup of Coffee!
Well, he was a very successful selling his coffee out the front of his house, so in 1914 he opened probably the first coffee house in Prague, in the House at the Three Ostriches in the Lesser Town.
At the Golden Serpent is the bright red building in Karlova street
Next to St. James Church is the entrance to the Minorite Monastery. The door into the Monastery has the inscription - 1665. The wooden door is nicely carved with figures of Minorite's patron - St. Francis of Assisi and St. Anthony of Padua and is quite a valuable piece of the building.
Located at 22/24 Karlova street, is another beautifully decorated building. In the centre of the façade, is a woman in gold with Birds by her side.
Who was she?
It turns out it was Princess Libuse, some-one I did not know. Princess Libuse was a Slavic Princess, a woman of beauty & wisdom who possessed prophetic powers. She married a ploughman named Premysl, and together they started the Premyslid dynasty that would rule for 400 long years.
Princess Libuse and her husband, Prince Premysl, ruled the Czech lands from Vysehrad. According to legend, one day she stood on a cliff overlooking the River Vltava, and pointed to a forested hill across the river, and proclaimed "I see a great city whose glory will touch the stars." She gave orders for a Castle to be built and to name it Praha. She is said to have founded the city of Prague during the 8th century.
So the statue is remembering an important Princess or as she is known "The mother of Prague." The statue is an exact replica of the original.
Clam-Gallas Palace is known as a Baroque pearl and as one of the most beautiful Palaces in Prague.
The name of the Palace intriqued me, so I just had to find out how it came about.
It turns out the Palace was built for the Count of Gallas. Unfortunately, the Gallas family died out in 1757, so the Palace was left to Kristian Filip of Clam, the son of Gallas's sister, so the two names were joined together resulting in Clam-Gallas.
The Palace is built in the style of Viennese Baroque architecture, and is decorated with a pair of Giants statues by both portals of the palace.
The inside sounds marvellous! Imagine the Marble Hall, the former dance hall decorated with mirrors and crystal chandeliers, a place where balls were organized and important guest's like W. A. Mozart and his wife were among guests. Ludwig van Beethoven played a concert in this hall and he also dedicated some little musical pieces to the Clam-Gallas family.
Now, the Clam-Gallas Palace twice a year holds a series of authentic historical Baroque concerts.
The winter concerts are held inside the palace in the first half of February. The summer concerts are held from mid-August to early September outside in the courtyard.
Opera Barocca performs in the palace in the evenings.
As far as I know, this is the only way to see the inside of the Palace.
It was so nice to see a column different to the usual run of the mill!
The one I'm talking about, is a thin sandstone column known as the "Vineyard column."
The sandstone column is decorated with a twisting vine with grapes. St Wenceslas stands at the top, as he was the patron Saint of wine growers. It's also said he pressed sacramental wine himself! He has a Spear with a flag in his right hand, and a shield in his left hand. Around the column there are red rounded stones transferred there from what was left of old Judith’s bridge. It could possibly be the oldest street paving that can be seen in Prague.
I came across the Statue of Charles IV., the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia, situated at the Knights of the Cross Square near the Charles Bridge. The monument was made on the occasion of 500th anniversary of the Charles University in 1848.
I liked this attractive monument of a bronze Charles IV! The King looked quite impressive standing on a high pedestal, perhaps he was overlooking the River and the Charles Bridge. He is holding the Foundation Charter of the University in one hand, and his sword in the other. The pedestal is adorned with the faculty of theology, medicine, law and philosophy.
The other statues on the monument are of Pardubice (the first Prague archbishop), Jan Ocko of Vlasim (the successive Prague archbishop), Benes of Kolovraty (he accompanied Charles IV. on his way to Rome for coronation) and Matthias of Arras (the first builder of the St. Vitus Cathedral at the Prague Castle).
Charles IV was known as the father of the country. He made Prague the capital of the Holy Roman Empire and in 1348, he founded the oldest university in Central Europe – the Charles University.
As I wandered around Prague, I found many places with his name to them.
You will probably come across this Monument as it's located close to the Charles Bridge
After having a look around the Rudolfinum Gallery, I decided to take the riverside walk to Charles Bridge instead of walking along Krizovnicka street.
It was really nice, much better than being with lots of people and the busy street traffic!
There were people around, most of them were taking it easy enjoying the scene from one of the many garden seats. As with many of these places, I came across local Artist's with easels full of their paintings. I had a browse, I may add in peace - no pressure, and went on my way.
I passed by the Manesuv Most Bridge, then stopped to have my photo taken with Charles Bridge in the background.
I found it interesting watching the different types of Tourist boats plying the river, there must be quite a few different companies. I was here in April, and most didn't have many passengers.
The best, was marvelous view I had from here of Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral to the Black Tower.
A very pleasant walk!
Jan Palach Square was a pleasant green area beside the Rudolfinum.
It turns out the square has a bit of history!
In 1945 it was named the Square of the Red Army in commemoration of the Russian soldiers who died liberating Prague. On a sad note, it was renamed Jan Palach Square after the young student committed suicide by self-immolation as a protest of the Soviet occupation of his country. What a terrible thing to do to yourself and a horrific way to die!
The name was officially adopted at the end of 1989 after the communist regime came to an end.
It was after visiting the Jewish quarter that I came across this square located beside the river where I found plenty of seats and great views of Charles Bridge and Prague Castle.
There were a couple of statues, one of Czech composer "Antonin Dvorak" and by the river a statue of Josef Munes, the Czech painter who in 1870, painted the months that are on the Astronomical Clock.
A commemorative plaque for Jan Palach is in Wenceslas Square.
Was I glad I found Parizska Street, not for the shopping but for the magnificent Art Nouveau buildings! The street began at the Old Town Square and I came out at the River and Cechuv Bridge .
The street is lined with trees and Art Nouveau buildings which house exclusive, expensive shops, too expensive for me, but I did love looking! It is considered the most exclusive and expensive street in the whole of Prague.
Name dropping.... Cartier, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Hugo Boss and many more big names.
Above the shops, people live in the most prestigious address on offer in Prague.
It is hard to image this area as a Jewish ghetto before designers came and rebuilt in neo-Renaissance, neo-Baroque, and Secession elements. Now, the facades are richly decorated
There are so many different design's that I wanted to take a photo of them all!
Parizska Street when translated becomes Boulevard de Paris, to pay tribute to France for helping to free the Czechs from Austria-Hungary at the end of World War I.
If you love seeing outstanding architecture, then you MUST come for walk along Parizska Street, you won't be disappointed!
The surrounding streets are interesting too!
Both of these buildings are in Celetna street, near the Old Town Square.
At the White Peacock is the attractive building joining the "house of the Black Sun.' This house was burnt to the ground in 1945, luckily the rococo façade and the original house sign were saved.
Celetná Street 10/557, Old Town
On the other side of "the house of the Black Sun," is the wax museum. I had already seen a Wax Museum so didn't bother to go and see the large exhibition which covers several floors. Models are of important Czech people and other people like Michael Jackson, Dalai Lama, Harry Potter, Stalin, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner and many more.
Open daily from 10-9pm
Address: Celetna 6, Prague 1
Adults 150 ck children under 15 years 80ck
At the Black Sun is one of the first historic houses I saw in Celetna Street. Once again, it was the door that attracted me, for above it was the face of a Black Sun!
They didn't have house numbers years ago, just something that you could recognize as it being the correct house, in this case, the Black Sun!
This house has a mixture of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture.