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a street sign for paris street in prague old town

Paris Street Rebuilding the Prague Jewish Quarter

Paris Street – Rebuilding The Prague Jewish Quarter Before you start this post be sure to read Why the Prague Jewish Ghetto Was Destroyed. That post explained the reasons for the demolition. This post starts in 1887 with the plan for the rebuilding of the Prague Jewish Quarter into what you see today. Of all … Read More

city street sign saying that you are entering the prague monument reserve and the prague unesco world heritage list area

Prague UNESCO

Prague UNESCO There are signs in the city like the one pictured that say you are entering the Prague Monument Reserve and hence, 95% of what a regular tourist would visit is in this area. As an old historic city you might expect several Prague UNESCO sites but you might not know that during the … Read More

the neo-baroque style boccaccio ballroom in prague

Boccaccio Ballroom

Boccaccio Ballroom Prague is well known for being one of the centres for classical music in Europe and it has some stunning venues to enjoy. Mostly these venues are in churches or palaces but there are other options and the Boccaccio Ballroom is one of them. What’s Special About It? This area was redeveloped in … Read More

the interior of bakeshop praha cafe in prague old town

Prague Cafes – Bakeshop Praha

Prague Cafes – Bakeshop Praha It’s about time that I got around to writing about Bakeshop Praha as I seem to visit their Old Town location almost on a weekly basis. It was probably one of the first places that broke into the established Czech Cafe scene and it has a great location. Let me … Read More

The Mission Impossible Prague Intro Filming Location Scene in 1995 before the flood protection changed the street level

Mission Impossible Prague

Mission Impossible Prague Filming Locations Unbelievably it’s been 25 years since the original Tom Cruise Mission Impossible was released in 1996. I personally did not see any of the filming because that was done in 1995 and I arrived the following year but I do know all the locations so I thought it might be … Read More

one of the original 19th century prague gas lamps in front of prague castle

Prague Gas Lamps

Prague Gas Lamps Since 1723 the city had maintained oil-lit street lighting on the Royal Road between Republic Square and Prague Castle. In 1846 within the fortified city walls of Prague you would still have found thousands of other private street lamps lighting roads, junctions and the entries to buildings. These all had to be … Read More

scene showing michael hutchence from the never tear us apart video filmed in Prague

Prague and INXS

Prague and INXS For those of us in our 50s who still remember INXS and have at least two CD copies of the album “Kick” then that period between 1987 and 1997 was pretty special. I remember watching the Never Tear Us Apart video on MTV in 1988 and I remember being in a hotel … Read More

Scene picture of Prague ST Nicholas Church Old Town viewed from the little park

ST Nicholas Church Old Town

St Nicholas Church Old Town Some buildings in Prague are so old that nobody is really sure exactly how old they are. St Nicholas Church Old Town is one of them. The best we can say is that the original church is “likely” to have been built in the 12th Century but the oldest documented … Read More

the jan hus monument on the old town square in prague with granite stone base and statues of bronze alloy which gives them a greenish black appearance

Jan Hus Monument

Jan Hus Monument The period from 1850 to 1918 is known as the Czech National Revival. All aspects of “what it was to be Czech” from an ethnic, cultural, political and religious point of view were being investigated and highlighted. Famous Czechs of the past were being honoured and by the early 20th Century it … Read More

1842 map of prague jewish ghetto showing the locations of the nine largest synagogues

The Prague Jewish Ghetto Destruction

The Prague Jewish Ghetto Destruction On this post I’ll seek to give you an overview of the timeline and decisions taken which eventually led to the destruction of the Prague Jewish Ghetto. Before the year 1437 Jewish citizens in Prague could live wherever they wanted and there is ample evidence to show that they had … Read More