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the interior of the baroque st james basilica in prague with marble columns and decorated knave

ST James Basilica

St James Basilica If you have come from the Old Town Square and you’ve walked through the Tyn Courtyard then as you emerge onto the street at the far end (Mala Stupartska) you’ll see the church 30 metres to your left. The church, to be accurate it was made a “Basilica Minor” in 1976, has … Read More

17th century baroque style troja chateau with roses in foreground

Troja Chateau

Troja Chateau In Czech it has the name “Zámek” which usually means it’s a castle so some people call it Troja Castle. But when you see pictures it looks more like a chateau or a villa so again some people call it Troja Chateau or Troja Villa or Troja Palace. For me it’s Troja Chateau. … Read More

prague metronome in silhouette against a sunny blue sky

Prague Metronome

Prague Metronome In 1891 Prague hosted the World’s Fair (what would become called EXPO) in the Prague 7 Exhibition Grounds. One of the structures built for that fair was the Little Eiffel Tower. For the 100th anniversary of that event the Society for the Czechoslovak General Exhibition returned to the same place and commissioned another … Read More

prague astronomical clock face and instruction on how to tell the time

How to Tell the Time on the Astronomical Clock

How to Tell the Time on the Astronomical Clock When you look at the Astronomical Clock in Prague it’s like a mass of numbers, lines, colours and moving parts. So to make it less complicated I’m going to explain to you how to read the current time and how to understand Old Czech Time as … Read More

external view of the prague jewish ceremonial hall museum in josefov in neo-romanesque style

Jewish Ceremonial Hall

Jewish Ceremonial Hall in Prague, there’s more than one! This building in Josefov is strongly linked to something called Chevra Kadisha and I’ll explain more about them below. Both the Ceremonial Hall and the adjacent Klausen Synagogue deal with Jewish customs and traditions. The Jewish Ceremonial Hall story is described on my Old Town and … Read More

close-up of the prague calvary with the bronze corpus and hebrew text

Prague Calvary

Prague Calvary The official title is the Statuary of the Holy Crucifix and Calvary. You may think this is just another statue on Charles Bridge. Actually you will find out that it was the original figure on the bridge, the most historic and the most religiously divisive. We’re talking legends and blasphemy. There are two … Read More

prague neo-gothic bethlehem chapel with two saddle roofs against a blue sky

Bethlehem Chapel

Bethlehem Chapel As well as the Bethlehem Chapel there are a few other reasons for visiting this area. You may be interested in Jan Hus hence you want to explore a place where he once preached. You may be looking for a good location for eating outside or you might be looking for a recommended … Read More

Prague Meridian marker plate in both czech and latin

Prague Meridian

Prague Meridian Time has always been important to the residents of Prague and they even have their own “Old Czech Time”. But long before pocket watches became fashionable people knew what time it was or at least they knew when it was noon. The Prague Meridian is an invisible line but it’s also marked in … Read More

two offset renaissance style buildings with red tiled roofs called pinkas synagogue

Pinkas Synagogue

Pinkas Synagogue, a National Memorial Sometimes you can look at a building and have an idea of what came before a certain time and what came after. This post about the Pinkas Synagogue can also be broken into two parts. Before and after World War Two. The Pinkas Synagogue is on the route of the … Read More

gothic twin tower church of our lady before tyn with jan hus monument in the foreground

Church of Our Lady Before Tyn

Church of Our Lady Before Tyn If you read about the Tyn Courtyard then it won’t surprise you too much to learn that the original church was built in front of that place, hence the name “Before Tyn”. As with many historic places it’s undergone many changes over the last 900 years. Yes that’s right … Read More