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tall bronze statue of jan hus on prague old town square with blue sky background

Jan Hus

Jan Hus This will be the first of five posts which will eventually give you a rounded view of Jan Hus, how to interpret his monument, where he preached and why plus a clever piece of art. But first you should understand who he was and hence WHY he is one of the most famous … Read More

black and white picture of the ocean liner ss patria in 1918 with three funnels plus fore and aft masts

SS Patria Disaster

SS Patria Disaster A trans-atlantic liner called the SS Patria sank on 25th November 1940 at the port of Haifa in what was then Palestine. You’re thinking what the hell as this got to do with Prague? Well for me it all started with a photo. In 2015 I was preparing to start my Walking … 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

The 19th Century Ne-Renaissance New Town entry to the Platyz Palace Courtyard

Platyz Palace

Platyz Palace One of the joys of exploring Prague are the hundreds of accessible courtyards especially in the Old Town. The Platyz Courtyard is just one of them but of course, a courtyard just means it has a large building surrounding it which in this case is the Platyz Palace. On this post I’ll tell … Read More

gothic church of st martin in the wall in prague

ST Martin in the Wall

Church of ST Martin in the Wall What a curious little place and what a wonderful back story. Like many churches of the time it had a very simple Romanesque design which would be reconstructed in Gothic style two or three Centuries later. Such is the case here. That original block-built Romanesque church was constructed … Read More

italian renaissance arcade in the prague tyn courtyard

Tyn Courtyard

Tyn Courtyard in Prague Old Town You’ll be introduced to the Tyn Courtyard during the Old Town and Jewish Quarter Walking Tour. It’s easily one of the most photogenic places in the city with its mix of architecture, cafes and bars. You might think that the current Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, being from … Read More

little square surrounded by colourful renaissance buildings with umbrella covered outdoor eating in the middle

Little Square

Little Square in Prague As the Old Town developed there was a conscious decision to maintain a large square that acted as a meeting place, a place of safety from fire and as a market square. On German language maps it’s called the “Grosse Markt” or the Big Market. Today we call this place the … Read More

window with sign saying pragl glass experience

Pragl Glass Shop

Pragl Glass Shop Whenever I walk past the Pragl Glass Shop in the Old Town I think of Venice when I was 8 years old because that was the first time I’d ever seen somebody creating a figure out of molten glass. It was a coloured fish if I remember rightly and certainly not what … 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