- Powder Tower
The Powder Tower, or Powder Gate, is one of the original city gates of Prague. This Gothic structure separates the Old Town from the New Town. Construction of the present tower started in the late 15th century. The tower was originally named New Tower and was to be used as a gate to the city. It was used to store gunpowder in the 17th century, earning it its present moniker. The tower served as the starting point of the procession of the coronation of the Bohemian kings. There is an 186-step staircase inside the tower which you can climb to get a sweeping view of the Old Town of Prague.
- Jewish Quarter
There are a number of stops here popular with the visiting tourists. The area features six synagogues, the oldest and most prominent of which is the Old-New Synagogue dating back to 1270. The Old-New Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in the whole of Europe. It is a Gothic building worthy of interest and has seen uninterrupted use from its foundation. Pinkas Synagogue houses a collection of art by Jewish Children who were incarcerated at the Terezín concentration camp. The Maisel Synagogue came to house a collection of Jewish artifacts looted by the Nazis with the intention of creating a museum. The Spanish Synagogue with its Moorish elements displays Czech Jewish history from the time of their emancipation by Emperor Josef II to the present era.
- John Lennon Wall
If you can appreciate modern, accidental art, you may well wish to take a stroll towards a feature known as John Lennon Wall. What started out as a plain wall, became a canvas of bricks that showcased a portrait of the slain Beatle and a series of graffiti that paid homage to his influence. This came to include anti-Establishment sentiments being expressed, something the communist government tried to suppress violently. Today, John Lennon wall endures as an emblem of love and peace. The original artwork is no longer visible and the wall continues to transform itself in new and colorful ways.
- Strahov Monastery
The Strahov Monastery is one of the hidden gems in Prague. The ancient monastery is home to several buildings, most notably the Theological Hall. The Theological Hall is a part of the library of the Strahov Monastery. While the monastery was founded in the mid 12th century, the Baroque Theological Hall dates back to the 1670s. This stunningly decorated hall with its Classicist vaults is a fine example of the grandeur of medieval architecture in this part of the world. The insides are nearly 2 stories tall with colorful ceiling frescoes. With nearly 200,000 volumes, this library is regarded as one of the most valuable and best-preserved historical libraries in the world.
- Wenceslas Square
The Wenceslas Square is located in the New Town section of Prague. It was originally a horse market set up by King Charles IV in the mid 14th century. Today this boulevard has transformed into a eclectic mix of medieval architecture and modern entertainment. The neighborhood is dotted with restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs. It is the hub of Prague’s nightlife. Wenceslas Square is also a paradise for shoppers.
- Dancing House
Located hardly a kilometer from the iconic Charles Bridge, right on the banks of the River Vltava, is one of quirkiest structures in the Prague skyline – the Dancing House. Officially known as the Nationale-Nederlanden, the building is one of the best examples of contemporary architecture in the city. At first glance, it will look as if these are two distorted buildings, but a closer look will reveal that it actually represents a male and a female form dancing with each other! And the best part of it all — the Dancing House is home to the Celeste Restaurant where you can grab a bite and check it out from the inside.
- Tyn Church
The Church of Our Lady before Tyn, or simply, Tyn Church, is one of the most prominent attractions of Prague. It is located in the Old Town square. It can be easily identified by its multiple black Gothic conical spires which soar to a height of 80 meters. These spires can be seen from almost all corners of the city. This present Romanesque church was built in the 14th century, replacing another church from the 11th century. Tyn Church is home to several art works in Renaissance, Baroque, and Gothic styles.
- Astronomical Clock
The Old Town Hall is the site of a landmark that literally brings its surroundings to a standstill every hour, on the hour. The Astronomical Clock or Orloj. Installed in 1410, it is the oldest operating astronomical clock in the world. The clock face not only shows the time, but also includes a second circular grid that indicates the signs of the zodiac. It also has an astronomical dial that displays the state of other heavenly bodies within the solar system! Some of its more striking features are considerably more recent. Four animated figures flank the clock, with Death on the right hand side striking the hour. The Twelve Apostles who briefly show themselves on the hour were added in the 1800s.
- Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge is one of the most iconic structures in Prague. For almost five hundred years, this bridge was the sole available structure for crossing the Vltava River. It connects Prague Castle with the Old Town of the city. It also solidified Prague’s position as an important stop on a merchant route from the west to east. The bridge was named after Charles IV, the Czech king who commissioned it to replace the Judith Bridge, which had been destroyed fifteen years earlier. Three towers guard access to the bridge and two rows of thirty statues punctuate the balustrade. The bridge is fairly crowded by day with traders and artists plying their trade to ever-present procession of tourists. To find out more about its construction, you can visit the Charles Bridge Museum.
- Prague Castle
The Prague Castle is the main tourist attraction in the city. Surviving written records date the origin of Prague Castle at around 880 AD. In the Old Royal Palace, a permanent exhibit showcases the pictorial history of Prague Castle. Less spectacular than the main bastions of Prague Castle and adjacent buildings, but equally fascinating, is the section known as Golden Lane. This is a picturesque row of tiny houses behind the castle that was once inhabited by the goldsmiths of Prague. The original 15th century name of the street had been Goldmakers Lane. It was here that Franz Kafka lived in house number 22 during World War I. The setting influenced two of his books, A Country Doctor and The Castle.
Originally posted 2017-05-22 07:35:44.