Old Town City Hall
Dec03

Old Town City Hall

The Old Town City Hall which is known especially for the Astronomical Clock which is frequently featured on the covers of Prague tourist guides, dominates the Old Town Square. However, the Astronomical clock is not the only attraction of this old building. Place of major events The Old Town City Hall was also a place of several major historical moments. In 1458, the Czech estates elected George of Poděbrady Czech King in a situation...

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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 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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The Life and Death of Jan Hus
Jul06

The Life and Death of Jan Hus

Jan Hus is a name foreigners will soon stumble upon if he or she starts to study Czech history, or even attends a city tour. Hus is seen by many as a forerunner of the European church reformation. His opinions and stubbornness with which he refused to abandon his teachings earned him a horrible death at the stake on July 6, 1415. Nevertheless, Hus’s death did not quell the popular movement that he started in the Czech Kingdom. On the...

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Vysehrad Castle
Jul01

Vysehrad Castle

At first look, Vyšehrad is a fortress. Situated atop a hill overlooking the Vltava and surrounded by thick walls, it lost its military importance long ago. Instead, it became a major symbol of the Czech national revival in the 19th century and a favorite destination for dat trips too. Vyšehrad may refer to an administrative district which includes also neighboring streets. For some time, it was a town in its own right, but later...

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