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prague lucerna passage long view extending away. tiled floor ending at 5 tall roman windows

Lucerna Passage

Prague Lucerna Passage – Cultural Gem The first time I came through the covered Lucerna Passage (it sounds like “lootserna”) was the summer of 1996 about a week after arriving in the country. I think we were trying to find an American pub but we had no map, no smartphones, we didn’t speak Czech and … Read More

silhouette against a blue sky with white clouds of the prague marian column and the tyn church

Ten Things You Did Not Know About The Prague Marian Column

10 Things You Did Not Know About The Prague Marian Column Having written about it and described the reasoning for the column, I realised that I was aware of things that a fraction of the residents of the city would know, let alone a visitor. So as well as describing some of the destruction and … Read More

prague marian column made of sandstone standing 20 metres tall on the old town square

Prague Marian Column

Prague Marian Column If you did my Old Town Walking Tour up to February 2020 then you’ll know that in the early part of the tour I show the Meridian line on the Old Town Square and then say, and I quote “before I tell you about the meridian I have to tell you what … Read More

prague book tunnel

Prague Book Tunnel

The Prague Book Tunnel Visiting the main city library normally doesn’t make anybody’s top ten list of things to do in Prague. That’s a shame because you will have missed out on seeing a quite bizarre yet striking piece of architectural art. It’s acquired the name of the Prague Book Tunnel but read on to … Read More

Gothic buildings on the old town square in prague

Gothic Prague Architecture

Gothic Prague Architecture – The Old Lady of Architecture Humanity has always sought out ways to improve and the Gothic Prague period was no exception. It took basic rules of Romanesque design and applied the latest building techniques. This resulted in construction of some of the most iconic buildings still visible in Prague and includes … Read More

Prague Architecture

An Easy Guide to Prague Architecture – An Education in Style When you are deciding on a visit to Prague there will be terms like “beautiful”, and “stunning”. So what actually makes it beautiful and stunning. Well in some shape or form it’s the architecture. In this series of posts I’m going to try and … Read More

st martins romanesque rotunda at vysehrad, prague

Romanesque Prague Architecture

Romanesque Prague Architecture (or Norman) If you are from England then you can see examples of Romanesque architecture in most major cities. It’s just that we don’t call it Romanesque, we call it “Norman” so you are in the period roughly between 800 and 1150. Signatures of Romanesque Prague architecture (which can also be called … Read More

The Grand Hotel Evropa on Wenceslas Square. Built in 1905 with Typical Art Nouveau Organic Details

Prague Art Nouveau Architecture

Prague Art Nouveau – A New Kind of Art Prague has become synonymous with Art Nouveau even though in my experience people, at first glance, get Secessionist and Art Nouveau mixed up. In general, on the external side you can spot Prague Art Nouveau by looking for organic decorative features. Trees, flowers, branches/vines and fruit … Read More

a secessionist building in the old town of prague

Secessionist Prague Architecture

Secessionist Prague Architecture What you now have to realize is that the last thousand years of design and architecture has been dominated either by Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance or Baroque, each holding for no less than 200 years apiece. That’s a lot of history and religion. Note that I now run a Prague Architecture Tour for … Read More

examples of baroque and late baroque architecture on prague's wenceslas square

Baroque Prague Architecture

Baroque Prague Architecture – Style with a Twirl Even though Prague is most associated with the modern era of Art Nouveau, it’s greatest influence by far is Baroque. You don’t just see Baroque Prague, you feel it, you touch it, you hear it. Baroque was certainly a reaction to the fairly plain decorative nature of … Read More