Prague: Impetus Behind International Student’s Day
Nov17

Prague: Impetus Behind International Student’s Day

Prague origins The 17th of November was declared International Student’s Day in 1941 and is still commemorated – mostly at universities – all over the world. Unfortunately, almost no one knows that the events that led to it happened right here in Prague. It is the only international day that has Czech roots. Demonstrations of 28th October 1939 What happened in 1939? Most importantly, the Czech region of Czechoslovakia was occupied by...

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Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk: The Father of Czechoslovak Independence
Oct28

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk: The Father of Czechoslovak Independence

At a corner of the Hradčany Square in front of the Prague Castle stands a bronze statue of an elderly man with the letters TGM on the pedestal. The man is Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, a philosopher and also a politician whose finest hour came when he was well into his 60’s. During World War I he advocated the independence of Czechoslovakia. He then served 17 years as the first President of the new state. His death in 1937 was seen by...

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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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The Oldest Czech Legends
Oct07

The Oldest Czech Legends

Today, I would like to tell you a bit of facts – and lot of myths – about the origins of the Czechs and about the founding of Prague. Please come in, the story begins… Where did the Czechs come from? The Czechs are members of the Slavs, ethnic group which emerged in Eastern Europe (what is today Ukraine) around 500 AD. The Czechs’ ancestors migrated west. During 6th century, the Slavs arrived to Bohemia and Moravia. The legend...

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The Murder of St Wenceslas
Sep26

The Murder of St Wenceslas

In Prague, it is impossible not to stumble upon a reference to “(svatý) Václav”  – that is (St) Wenceslas. For example, Václavské náměstí (Wenceslas Square) bears his name. If you were in St Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle, you have perhaps looked into Kaple svatého Václava (St Wenceslas Chapel) – where his remains are also kept. There are several statues of St Wenceslas around Prague as well. Naturally, a large one is on the...

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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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