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Rudolfinum in Prague, Czech Republic

From the Resistance Flag Monument you leave Lesser Town (Malá Strana) by crossing the Mánes Bridge (Mánesův most). On the other side of the Vltava river is Old Town again. As you approach the Aleš Embankment, you can’t miss seeing Rudolfinum. Since 1885, this has been Prague’s main concert hall. It is also home to […]

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Resistance Flag Monument in Prague, Czech Republic

German occupation of Czechoslovakia began in 1938. On March 16, 1939, Adolph Hitler sat in the Prague Castle and proclaimed Czechoslovakia to be part of the new Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. Several resistance movements were initiated through 1944 but failed. In retaliation, the Germans arrested and killed thousands. The Prague Uprising was the final […]

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Powder Tower in Prague, Czech Republic

During the Middle Ages and Renaissance period, Old Town was encircled by a wall, moat and 13 gates. The moats and walls are gone but Powder Tower is part of the original fortification. The name reflects its former role for storing gun powder. Prašná brána was built in 1475 to protect the southern entrance to […]

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Our Lady of Loreto in Prague, Czech Republic

Near the Prague Castle is Our Lady of Loreto, also spelled Loreta. It is worth visiting. You will hear the thirty bells ringing from the belfry – they chime hourly – long before you reach the Church of the Nativity. This site is a Marian pilgrimage maintained by Capuchin monks. Inside is a replica of […]

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Underground Tour of Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic

Next to the entrance to Old Town Hall is Staromĕstské Podzemí. This is an underground tour of the dark and dusty history of Prague. While walking through a labyrinth of brick passageways, you will learn the origin of different structures – some dating back to the 12th century – and how they morphed over time. […]

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Týn Church at Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic

Two successive churches were built during the 11th and 13th centuries to serve foreign merchants who conducted trade and paid customs at Týn Courtyard. This impressive Gothic replacement began in 1360 and was finished in 1511. Since then, the Church of Mother of God before Týn has been a dominant feature of Old Town Square. […]

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St. Nicholas Church at Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic

St. Nicholas Church at Old Town Square was founded in 1704 to practice the pre-Protestant teachings of Jan Hus, the early 15th century reformer of the Catholic church. The 161 foot Baroque structure was finished in 1737. Shortly after Austria-Hungary collapsed in 1918 and the Republic of Czechoslovakia became a sovereign state, the Czechoslovak Hussite […]

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Jan Hus Monument at Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic

In the center of Old Town Square is a tribute to Jan Hus. He was a priest and philosopher from Prague who dared to question many practices of the Catholic church. When the reformer was charged with heresy and burned at the stake in 1415, his martyrdom gave rise to the Hussites. They waged war […]

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Old Town Hall at Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic

In 1338, the Old Town councilors purchased the Volfin od Kamene house in Old Town Square and adapted it into Town Hall. The 172 foot Gothic clock tower was added in 1364. Adjacent homes were bought and extensions were added to Old Town Hall through the mid-18th century.

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Kinský Palace at Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic

Soon after this pink, Rocco-style palace was built in Old Town Square in 1765, it was purchased by Štěpán Kinský from the House of Kinský. These nobles were princes during the Habsburg Monarchy (1526 – 1804). In 1949, Kinský Palace was acquired by National Gallery. Since it was established in 1796, Národní Galerie has become […]