Category Archives: Prague
The capital of the Czech Republic is Prague. This city is the centre of state institutions,courts, various organizations and companies, political parties, religious associations,universities etc. Prague castle is dominant, which is the traditional residence of Czech monarchs and since 1918 it has been a residence of the Czech president. In the third yard, there is St.Vitus cathedral. It is the main and also the biggest cathedral inPrague. It is actually devoted to three saints of Czech history. These are St.Vit,St.Vojtech and St.Vaclav-a patron and protector of Czech lands. In the area of Prague castle, there are a lot of various churches. For instance, St.George’sbasilica, St.Cross` chapel and St.George’s monastery. Apart from these, there arepleasant grounds around the whole complex, e.g. The golden street, which is full of verysmall houses, where goldsmiths used to live. Nowadays there are galeries, museumsand stalls with souvenirs.The Golden street ends with the tower Daliborka. It is a turret from the 15th centurywith a dungeon.
Vltava is the longest river of the country and flows through Prague. There aremany bridges across the river in Prague and the most interesting and important ofthem is Charles bridge. It is located at the place of the original Judita’s bridge whichwas destroyed by a flood. Charles bridge is from the 14th century when Karel IV wasthe king of the Czech lands. At the bridge, there are many statues of Czech saints.Well-known are St.Jan of Nepomuk or St.Cyril and St.Methodius.
Prague is full of squares. The most interesting of them are Vaclavské náměstí(Wenceslas square) and Staroměstské náměstí (Old Town Square). At the top ofVáclavské náměstí is the National museum and the statue of St.Václav. The major attractionof Staroměstské náměstí is the Old Town Hall with astronomical clock – Staroměstský Orloj. Other monuments which can be found in the centre include: The National theatre,Vysehrad Castle, The Jewish Quarter and Petrin Hill.The whole historical centre of the city is included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.Historical monuments are not the only wealth of Prague. There are a lot of modernbuildings. For instance, the Dancing house at the quay of Vltava. Prague is a city, butthere are areas where nature is untouched. For example, Petrin gardens are ideal for walksand for view of the city, because there is the Petrin tower. The template for this buildingwas The Eiffel Tower in Paris (It is a miniature version of it).