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Náměstí Winstona Churchilla

Náměstí Winstona Churchilla

In 1999, a statue of the British statesman and wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill was unveiled by Margaret Thatcher in the square in Prague that has borne his name since the Velvet Revolution. Hunched and broad-shouldered, it captures...

Podolské nábřeží 15/10: Podolí Waterworks

Podolské nábřeží 15/10: Podolí Waterworks

The exponential growth of Prague in the second half of the nineteenth century placed particular pressure on the city’s fresh water supply. Ancient water towers and drinking fountains were no longer good enough, and in 1882 a pumping...

Václavské náměstí: Statue of Saint Wenceslas

Václavské náměstí: Statue of Saint Wenceslas

Prince Václav I – known to the English-speaking world as ‘Good King Wenceslas’ – was one of Bohemia’s first Christian rulers. On 28 September in the year 929 (some say 935) he was murdered by his brother Boleslav...

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Praha hlavní nádraží: Sir Nicholas Winton

Nicholas Winton’s humanitarian work in saving hundreds of Jewish children from the grim certainty of the Holocaust came to light only in 1988. But in the years since, thanks to the efforts of the Slovak film maker Matej...

Wilsonova 101/4: State Opera

Wilsonova 101/4: State Opera

In the early nineteenth century, Prague was home to a substantial number of German speakers, especially among the nobility and professional classes. In the light of the Czech National Revival, however, their linguistic and cultural dominance came under...

Prague Metro

Prague Metro

A Prague underground system had been proposed as early as 1898 by the engineer Ladislav Rott, but it was only in 1926 that the first proper plan for a rapid transport system was drawn up by Vladimir List...

Valdštejn Palace (Senate)

Valdštejn Palace (Senate)

This monumental early baroque palace in the Malá Strana district was constructed between the years 1623 and 1630 for Count Albrecht von Wallenstein (Czech ‘Valdštejn), one of the most significant and colourful figures of the Thirty Years’ War....

Prague Castle: State Rooms

Prague Castle: State Rooms

The rococo interiors of the southern range of the presidential palace are richly decorated in gilded stucco in the manner of the adjacent (and much earlier) Spanish Hall. The entire wing was part of the classicist reconstruction of...

Petřínské sady: Statue of Karel Hynek Mácha

Petřínské sady: Statue of Karel Hynek Mácha

This full-height bronze of the illustrious poet Karel Hynek Mácha was begun in 1910 (the centenary of his birth) and placed on Petřin Hill, not far from the writer’s birthplace on Újezd street, two years later. In the...

Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Karlín

Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Karlín

In the year 863, the Orthodox missionary brothers Cyril and Methodius began translating the Bible into the language known as Old Church Slavonic, using a specially-formulated script from which was derived the later ‘Cyrillic’ alphabet. Their work enabled...