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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

Prague Old Town, Tyn Courtyard, Italian Renaissance arcading

Prague Old Town – Prague One District

Prague Old Town District – Prague One People researching a trip to Prague will soon realise that Prague 1 is the centre of the city and the Prague Old Town is the centre of Prague 1. It’s the smallest geographical area of the city and it should be possible to walk between any two points … Read More