Tagged: legends

Okoř Castle

Okoř Castle

The ruins of this mid-fourteenth-century castle lie about seven miles northwest of Prague. The name Okoř is thought to be related to the word ‘kořen’, or ‘root’, and is the subject of a colourful tale in which Přemysl...

Prague astronomical clock

Prague Astronomical Clock (Orloj)

The exact authorship of the mediaeval clock (‘orloj’) in Prague’s Old Town Square is confused, but it seems to have been the result of a collaboration between Mikuláš of Kadaň and Jan Šindel, an astronomer and vice-chancellor of...

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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...

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Královský Letohrádek (Royal Summer Palace)

Perched high on the castle hill overlooking the city from a viewpoint known as the Belvedere, the palace is said to be the finest example of Italian renaissance architecture outside Italy itself. Commissioned by Emperor Ferdinand I for...

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Church of Our Lady of the Snows

Ordained by Charles IV in 1347 on the day after his coronation, the original intention was to construct a great triple-aisled basilica reflecting the status of Prague as a second Rome. Even its name – Our Lady of...

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Rašínovo nábřeží 47/8

This triple villa was constructed for three sets of clients: the central white house for the brothers Jan and Josef Bayer, and the red houses on either side for two property developers, František Hodek and Antonín Belada. Built...

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Rytířská 406/10: Old Town Market Hall

Designed in 1893 by the architect Jindřich Fialka (who was to become the first director of the School of Industrial Design in Pardubice) this magnificent neo-baroque structure was ceremonially opened in February 1897 as the Old Town Market...

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Václavské náměstí 792/34: Wiehlův Dům

The historic house known as ‘Wiehlův Dům’ in Wenceslas Square was built in 1896 by and for the architect Antonín Wiehl (1846-1910), a leading figure of the Czech neo-Renaissance. The facade, by Josef Fanta with murals designed by...

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Pařížská 97/15

Saint George raises a triumphant sword from the third storey of this neo-renaissance mansion on fashionable Paris Street. The house was constructed in 1905 to 1906 by the well-known firm of Matěj Blecha, according to a plan by...