The Charles Bridge
Oct16

The Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge, which is now one of the main tourist attractions of Prague, was built not because of tourist but because it was a vital connection between both banks of the Vltava. A bridge was badly needed soon From the very beginning, Prague consisted of several units separated by the river. The left bank (i.e. Hradčany and the Lesser Town) was the seat of the dukes and later kings, the bishop of Prague as well as some highest...

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St Nicholas Church in Lesser Town
Sep20

St Nicholas Church in Lesser Town

If you are on the way between the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle, you can hardly miss a large Baroque church standing at a sloped Malostranské náměstí (the Lesser Town Square). The church with its large dome and a tall tower is a natural eye-catcher from all directions – including the one from above, i.e. from Prague Castle. A church – or three? The church is St. Nicholas Church. Interestingly, there are no less than three St....

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The First Defenestration in Prague
Jul28

The First Defenestration in Prague

Defenestration – the act of throwing a thing or person out of a window (with the intent to kill) – occurred three times in the history of Prague. In all cases, religious disputes were the underlying cause. Two of the defenestrations started long wars. The last one, in 1618, was the beginning of the Thirty Years’ War. The first one, in 1419, was the event which marked the start of the Hussite Wars. Today, I will share with you...

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Zizkov Television Tower
May31

Zizkov Television Tower

For more than 20 years the Prague skyline has been dominated by the Žižkov Television Tower (now officially, Tower Park Praha). A first look at the tower yields more than a few questions. Is it a megalomaniac’s project intended to commemorate some personage or moment from the history of the Communist movement? Is it a spaceship? Those were the very thoughts of yours truly – confusion at first sight. Curiosity at second. Several years...

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Suburban Life in Prague: The Hidden Reality of Panel Housing Estate
May20

Suburban Life in Prague: The Hidden Reality of Panel Housing Estate

I remember precisely when my brother told me that after he had finished school, he was going to move back to our hometown to find a job there. ‘It’s just temporary, so I’m moving to Felberka, he said. ‘Why Felberka?, I replied, and he gave me a surprised look. ‘I don’t have money to buy a nice flat downtown. Everybody in my situation moves to Felberka, he explained. It made perfect sense. Felberka...

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