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monument to victims of communism in Prague lesser town, stone steps with bronze figures, wreaths and flowers

Monument to Victims of Communism

Monument to Victims of Communism If you are heading for the Funicular to take you up to Petrin Park then consider visiting the Monument to Victims of Communism as it is less than 200 metres away. Background Czechoslovakia formed in 1918 as a democratic Republic. After World War Two it was still a democratic Republic … Read More

detail of a restored gothic building facade lit by early evening sun

House at the Stone Bell

House at the Stone Bell – A Hidden Secret You’ll read about the House at the Stone Bell in many guides and blogs. The same old bland rewriting of history will tell you it dates to the 13th Century and because of it’s location and decoration, was home to various noblemen. It’s not known exactly … Read More

prague calendarium hand painted astrological graphics in concentric circles

Prague Calendarium

Prague Calendarium When people see the Calendarium they think that they are looking at the Astronomical Clock. Actually the Clock is above it and was there first. The Calendarium was added around 80 years later. The first mention of the Calendarium is in 1490. What Does It Do? Although it is far less technical than … Read More

prague charles bridge portrait artist drawing a caricature of a young girl with ginger hair

Charles Bridge Portrait Artists

Charles Bridge Portrait Artists There are some seriously talented artists in Prague and several of them can be found on Charles Bridge during the year. The signage on their easels should make it clear what the pricing will be and material options etc. It also makes it easy to point at what you want. But … Read More

prague beneficial brick painted bricks with national flags and assorted text

Beneficial Brick

Beneficial Brick Welcome to the largest street-art project in the world. You’ll find this organisation in many of the larger towns and cities in the Czech Republic not just in Prague. They have various locations in Prague but their most well-known point is on Na Prikope at the bottom of Wenceslas Square. What Do They … Read More

an exhibit at the prague illusion art museum that shows a man and a woman facing each other but the man appears much smaller

Illusion Art Museum

Illusion Art Museum At first glance you’ll think that the entry price for the Illusion Art Museum is a bit steep at CZK300 for an adult or CZK700 for a family but let me tell you, it’s worth it. Actually it’s more than worth it for several reasons which I’ll describe below. The pictures here … Read More

Havels Hearts

Havels Hearts Vaclav Havel was president of the Czech Republic when I first came here in 1996. He was obviously held in high regard by many and certainly those with artistic/cultural backgrounds. He was a reluctant president and known as a politician with a heart. This all started back in 2002. Havel had been elected … 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

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