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  • 1 Astronomical Clock Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Staromestské Námestí 1 4/1 CZ - Praha

    A powerful symbol of the magic of Prague, the clock represents the passing of time and life. When the hour strikes, Christ appears with the twelve apostles, Death, the Turk, the Jew and Vanity. The cock crows at the end the display. The clock was ins..

  • 2 Old Town Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Staromestské Námestí CZ - Praha

    Bordered by the curving Vltava and the boulevards that have replaced the fortifications, the Old Town of Prague has a long history, visible everywhere in its maze of streets and squares (Staromestské námestí, námestí Republiky). Old churches - St. Ja..

  • 3 Gardens below the Castle Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Valdštejnské Námestí 3 CZ - Praha

    Terraced gardens, known as the ''gardens below the Castle'', run all along the southern side of the Castle to Malá Strana, affording magnificent views of the entire city. The main architectural asset of Ledebour Garden is its splendid sala terrena ga..

  • 4 St-Agnes of Bohemia Convent Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    U Milosrdných 17 CZ - Praha

    Built in the 13C on the orders of Agnes, Wenceslas I's sister, this convent of Poor Clare was inspired by Cisterchian architecture. The Convent contains the Chapel of the Virgin Mary, St Saviour's Church, and the elegant presbytery. It was requisitio..

  • 5 Charles Bridge Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Malá Strana-Staré Mesto CZ - Praha

    This was the first stone bridge over the Vltava built under the orders of Charles VI. It joins Stare Mesto and Mala Strana and was built between 1357 and 1402. Charles Bridge is a 516-metre-long, 9.5-metre-wide Gothic structure resting on mortar join..

  • 6 Old City: Old City Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Staromestské Námestí. Staré Mesto CZ - Praha

    There are few places in the world where a city shows its soul such as here. Although Prague was recognised as a city in 1230, it wasn't until 1338 that Jean de Luxembourg allowed the city to build a City Hall. From then on, this square became the hea..

  • 7 Old City: Church of Our Lady of Tyn Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Staromestské Námestí 14 CZ - Praha

    A simple church has stood here since the 10C, frequented by foreign merchants who negotiated in the walls of the Tyn. In 1270, it was replaced by a first Gothic building, succeeded by the current one, started in 1380 but not finished until the late 1..

  • 8 Prague Castle: St Guy's Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Troisième cour CZ - Praha

    Charles IV was responsible for the construction of a cathedral within the Castle walls to replace the Romanesque basilica. St Guy's was started in 1344 under the direction of Matthew of Arras in the French Gothic style. His work was continued by Pete..

  • 9 Prague Castle Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Hradcanské Námestí. Prazský Hrad CZ - Praha

    The Castle is more than that: it is a string of courts, a puzzle of palaces and churches, mazes and alleyways; a real city within a city. Despite its long and often troubled history, through times of starvation and decline, it has been a unifying for..

  • 10 Prague Castle: Former Royal Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Troisième cour CZ - Praha

    The foundations (of which there remain some ruins) go back to the 10C. On top of the primitive Romanesque palace was built a Gothic construction which Ladislas II rebuilt in a Renaissance style at the end of the 15C, building the floor which now hous..

  • 11 Malá Strana Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Malá Strana CZ - Praha

    Between the bend in the Vltava and the Castle, bordered by the green Petrin hill to the south, the «little side» of Mala Strana is strewn with palaces and churches. While it is difficult to find the traces of the area's troubled history here, you can..

  • 12 Municipal Building Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Námestí Republiky 1090/5 CZ - Praha

    Erected between 1905 and 1911 opposite the Powder Tower, the Municipal Building (Obecní dum) was a challenging project: constructing an edifice intended for prestigious official and cultural gatherings, and the various related services, on an irregul..

  • 13 National Theatre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Národní trída 2 CZ - Praha

    On 16th June 1868, 50,000 pairs of hands carried a stone to this spot from Mount Rip, where the mythical father of the nation, Cech, is said to have seen his promised land. On 11 June 1881 the National Theatre (Národní divadlo), built by Josef Zitek,..

  • 14 Old City: Theatre of States and Carolinum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ovocný trh 1 CZ - Praha

    Created in 1781 by Count Nostitz, this theatre's name was made by the triumphant creation of Mozart's Don Giovanni in 1786. Largely dominated by a German repertory, it was soon to open up to Czech music... but returned to the German language in 1869 ..

  • 15 Loretta Sanctuary Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Loretánské Námestí 7 CZ - Praha

    Legend has it that in 1394, the Virgin Mary's birthplace was transported from Nazareth to a laurel wood on the Adriatic coast, pulled by angels' wings. Local religious fervour made the ''Santa Casa'' a place of pilgrimage which Bramante then transfor..

  • 16 Old City: Josefov Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Cervená CZ - Praha

    The Jewish quarter in Prague goes back to the city's very beginnings. From the 9C, communities were set up and in the 13C settled in a ghetto complete with its own fortifications in the heart of the Old City. Over the years and monarchies, the Jews w..

  • 17 Old Jewish Cemetery Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Široká 23/3 CZ - Praha

    There are 12,000 tombs, but probably close to 80,000 people are buried in the Jewish Cemetery (Starý zidovský hrbitov). The Jewish rite forbidding disinterment means that coffins have been buried on a dozen different levels. Both humble and illustrio..

  • 18 Old-New Synagogue Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Cervená 2 CZ - Praha

    For some, the Staronová Synagoga was built with stones brought from the Temple of Jerusalem. Others claim that it appeared entirely built, on a plot of land that was being levelled out. Others say that its Hebrew name, which means ''Provisional'', si..

  • 19 New City: Wenceslas Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Václavské Námestí. Nové Mesto CZ - Praha

    This is a 750-metre avenue that ends at the imposing National Museum and the Statue of Wenceslas on Horseback. It was originally the horse market that Charles IV wanted to make the centre of his New City. Since the 19C, this has been the symbolic gat..

  • 20 Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Dukelských hrdinù 47 CZ - Praha

    The Veletrzni Palace, an immense concrete and glass building designed by O. Tyl and J. Fuchs in 1924, was initially intended for industrial exhibitions. The Nazis used it as a provisional detention centre for Jews, and the Communists turned it into a..

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