It was my first time when I came to Prague, Czech Republic.


Actually, it was very special trip for me. I was in Prague 3 days, but 2,5 days I was in the village 40 km away from Prague, on the wedding of my good friends- Misha and Alyona.
I came to Czech Republic at 11 am, and at 12 am I was in central area of Prague. What can I say about my first experience? For me Prague is the city in the same line as Budapest- European city with soviet past (and sometimes soviet present). Clean, nice, interesting but looks like Kiev or Lvov.

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Staré zámecké schody (The old castle steps)- lead out of the Lesser Quarter’s Street Pod Bruskou up to the eastern gate of Prague Castle. The origins of the stars date back to the 16th century.
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Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is the 15th largest city in the European Union.
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Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe.
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Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín hill and Vyšehrad. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
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The guard of the Prague Castle (the entrance near the Black Tower).
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The Church of Saint Nicholas (Kostel svatého Mikuláše) is the Baroque church in Lesser Town, Prague. It was built between 1704-1755 on the site where formerly stood a Gothic church from the 13th century also dedicated to Saint Nicholas.
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St.Thoma’s Church is an Augustinian church in Malá Strana.
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The Church of Saint Nicholas has been described as “the most impressive example of Prague Baroque”.
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One of the Prague streets.
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The private roof garden.
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The 79 m tall belfry is directly connected with the St. Nicholas church’s massive dome. The belfry with great panoramic view, was unlike the church completed in Rococo forms in 1751-1756 by Anselmo Lurago.
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Leopold’s Fountain or Lion’s Fountain (also Kohl’s Fountain in honor of the architect Kohl) – was built in 17th century and situated in the middle of the second courtyard in the Prague Castle.
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The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert is a Roman Catholic metropolitan cathedral, it is an excellent example of Gothic architecture and is the biggest and most important church in the country. Cathedral dimensions are 124 × 60 meters, the main tower is 96.5 meters high, front towers 82 m, arch height 33.2 m.
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The Cathedral of St. Vitus had a tremendous influence on the development of Late Gothic style characteristic for Central Europe. The present-day Gothic Cathedral was founded on 21 November 1344, when the Prague bishopric was raised to an archbishopric.
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Its patrons were the chapter of cathedral (led by a Dean), the Archbishop Arnost of Pardubice, and, above all, Charles IV, King of Bohemia and a soon-to-be Holy Roman Emperor, who intended the new cathedral to be a coronation church, family crypt, treasury for the most precious relics of the kingdom, and the last resting place cum pilgrimage site of patron saint Wenceslaus.
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St.George’s Convent Founded in 973, the convent was next to the seat of ecclesiastical and state power in Bohemia and occasionally the entire Holy Roman Empire, and played an important historical role.
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Zámecké schody (castle steps).
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The view on the Charles bridge.
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Residential courtyard with the statue.
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The Velkopzevorskaya water mill and The Prague astronomical clock (The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working).
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Old Town Bridge Tower (Staroměstská mostecká věž)- the tower, along with Charles Bridge, was built by Emperor Charles IV in the mid-14th century.
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The Bedřich Smetana Museum is a museum which is dedicated to the life and works of famous Czech composer Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884).
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The statue of John of Nepomuk. On 20 March 1393 he was thrown into the river Vltava from the Charles Bridge at the behest of Wenceslaus, King of the Romans and King of Bohemia and the Crucifix and Calvary sculpture is one of the most historically interesting sculptures on the bridge, which gradually gained its present appearance throughout many centuries.
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The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus.
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The original wooden crucifix was installed at this place soon after 1361 and probably destroyed by the Hussites in 1419. The golden Hebrew text on the crucifix was added in 1696. In 1696, the Prague authorities accused a local Jewish leader, one Elias Backoffen, of blasphemy. As his punishment he was ordered to raise the funds for purchasing of gold-plated Hebrew letters, placed around the head of the statue, spelling out “Holy, Holy, Holy, the Lord of Hosts,” the Kedusha from the Hebrew prayer and originating in the vision from the Book of Isaiah.
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Church of the Holy Savior (Kostel U Salvatora) – the German lutherans proceeded with building this church after they failed to obtain any of the existing churches in the Old Town for their own worship. The largest Protestant church in Prague was originally built between 1611 and 1615, and has been rebuilt several times.
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Street art.
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The Prague tram looks like the trams in Russia and Ukraine. When I was a kid, I rode at exactly the same tram:)
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Jan Palach Square is a town square in the Old Town of Prague. It is located on right bank of the Vltava River next to the formerJewish Quarter. Unlike other squares in the Old Town, Jan Palach Square was created at the end of 19th century, making it one of the newest ones.
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Josefov (Jewish Quarter) is the smallest cadastral area of Prague, formerly the Jewish ghetto of the town. Is anybody can explain me the situation with the jewish sights in Europe? Why should I pay the entrance fee in the the Jewish quarters, museums and synagogues if the entrance to the churches and basilicas always for free? I tried to tell them that I’m from Israel, but it doesn’t work. Why do they do it?
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The Jan Hus Memorial stands at one end of Old Town Square. The huge monument depicts victorious Hussite warriors and Protestants who were forced into exile 200 years after Hus, and a young mother who symbolises national rebirth. The monument was so large that the sculptor designed and built his own villa and studio where the work could be carried out.
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The Church of Mother of God before Týn is a dominant feature of the Old Town of Prague and has been the main church of this part of the city since the 14th century. The church’s towers are 80 m high and topped by four small spires.
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In the 11th century, this area was occupied by a Romanesque church, which was built there for foreign merchants coming to the nearby Týn Courtyard.[1]Later it was replaced by an early Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn in 1256. Construction of the present church began in the 14th century in the late Gothic style under the influence of Matthias of Arras and later Peter Parler.
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Prague astronomical clock (the back side).
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Prague astronomical clock (clock elements).
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The Church of Mother of God before Týn.
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Prague astronomical clock (clock elements).
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Prague astronomical clock (clock elements).
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The house “At the Minute” at the Prague Old Town Square is a typical Prague Renaissance house, adorned with numerous sgraffitoes. The famous writer Franz Kafka lived there with his parents at the end of the 19 th century. The house belongs to the complex of the Old Town City Hall.
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Traditional attractions in the Old Town of Prague 🙂
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The Powder Tower or Powder Gate s one of the original city gates, dating back to the 11th century. It separates the Old Town from the New Town.
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When I was a kid I had a poor choice of cartoons- or one VHS with Tom & Jerry or the cartoons from the local television- Polish and Czech cartoons about the dog, the mole and two friends- Bennie and Lennie (in Russian translate- Lielik and Bolik”).
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The Powder Tower.
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The Russian bank in the center of Prague, WTF?!
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Wenceslas Square is one of the main city squares and the centre of the business and cultural communities in the New Town of Prague. Many historical events occurred there, and it is a traditional setting fordemonstrations, celebrations, and other public gatherings. The square is named after Saint Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia. It is part of the historic centre of Prague, a World Heritage Site.
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Greetings from Franz Kafka!
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The Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola with the original New Town Jesuit College is ranked among one of the early Baroque buildings of Prague and is considered the third greatest Jesuit complex in Europe.
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The head of Franz Kafka is a mechanical statue by David Černý.
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The National Theatre in Prague is known as the alma mater of Czech opera, and as the national monument of Czech history and art. Today the National Theatre consists of three artistic ensembles–opera, balletand drama–which alternate in their performances in the historic building of the National Theatre, in the Theatre of the Estates and in the Kolowrat Theatre.
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The Church of St.Gall was founded in the 13th century. In the 14th century it became one of the centres of the reformation movement and Jan Hus also preached here.
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The Jan Hus Memorial (from the tower of the astronomical clock).
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As I said 2,5 days I was in the village 40 km away from Prague. Vranov is a municipality and the village in the Central Bohemian Region. Ordinary European (post-soviet) village with one church, one grocery shop and one village club, you know…
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