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Klementinum – Baroque Pearl of Prague

Explore the Klementinum The Klementinum is often mistakenly referred to as a building. In fact it’s a complex comprising a number of separate buildings, churches and chapels. At 20,000 square metres, only Prague Castle is larger by area so let’s explore. Why Visit the Klementinum? You would normally come into the complex for one of … Read More

prague astronomical clock

Prague Astronomical Clock

The Wonderful Prague Astronomical Clock Imagine a guy turning up at your office with an idea for putting a huge clock on the outside. It’s going to cost a lot of money, it’s going to break down a lot and only 3 people in the next 400 years will know how to fix it. Well … Read More

the rott building in prague on the royal road

Prague Royal Road

The Prague Royal Road – Street With No Name You will not find any street sign in Prague that says “Royal Road”. It’s used to describe a route between two points i.e. Republic Square and Prague Castle. The construction of Prague Castle began in the year 880 and was used as a royal residence as … Read More

Rudolfinum Prague, home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Rudolfinum

The Prague Rudolfinum The grounds of the Rudolfinum on the Old Town side of the riverbank have not always looked so grand. Previously the site had been a nitrate bed, a riding school, a prison and a saw mill before construction started on the current building in 1875. 50 years earlier a bank called “Bohemiche … Read More

Prague Old Jewish Cemetery

The Prague Old Jewish Cemetery This actually was not the first Jewish Cemetery in the city. Following the expulsion of the Jewish community during the crusades, several large families chose to settle in what is now the New Town area of the city but from the early 15th Century were then relocated back into what … Read More

Prague powder gate, a gothic structure with a neo-renaissance facade

Prague Powder Gate

Prague Powder Gate – Gothic, Neo-Renaissance and Mission Impossible In Czech it’s called “Prasna Brana” so the literal translation is the Powder Gate (not Powder Tower). A statement of power and more practically, also a customs office, it replaced the much older “Mountain Gate” which had been part of the original old town defences but … Read More

Charles University in Prague

The Charles University – Third Oldest University in Europe The university has faculties spread throughout the city so when people talk about a single location it’s usually the Karolinum, the headquarters and oldest part of the Charles University. It is not the sort of place that you visit because apart from a small exhibition centre … Read More

John Lennon Wall Prague

John Lennon Wall

John Lennon Wall in Prague – A History One of many in the world, the John Lennon Wall in Mala Strana is one of the “cool” places to visit in the city and everybody wants a picture from here but the history is no less interesting. Post 1948 the wall of the compound of the … Read More

Prague Dancing House

The Prague Dancing House – Fred and Ginger This building was opened in 1996 and a year later it was still a hot topic of conversation as to whether it was suitable for this location. True, all the buildings surrounding it were built between 1870 and 1890 but can anybody realistically believe that any “new” … Read More