The foundation stone for the bridge over the Vltava was laid by Emperor Charles IV in 1357. There were predecessor bridges made of wood and stone, each of which were destroyed by flooding. The numerous statues of saints were later placed on the bridge. The Charles Bridge connects the Old Town of Prague with the Smal Side. The bridge is a pedestrian area with a lot going on. Street performers and flying traders vie for the crowds of tourists. The Charles Bridge with the St. Vitus Cathedral in the background is the number one picture of Prague. The Charles Bridge is the most famous sight of Prague.
The "Old Town Square" is the marketplace and the center of medieval Prague. At "Old Town Square" you will find the City Hall, the Gothic Tyn Church, the church of St. Nicolas and the house "U minuty" were Franz Kafka lived. In the center of the square stands a monument of the reformer "Jan Hus", who was burned here for his faith on the stake.
The "Astronomical Clock" on the facade of the "Old Town Hall" was constructed in 1410 by Jan Sindel, a Prague mathematician and astronomer. The figures of the "Twelve Apostles", that appear every full hour, were added in the 17th century.
The construction of the 65 m high powder tower "Prasna brana" was started in 1475, but the work went on for several centuries until the tower was finally completed in 1886. As the name suggests, gunpowder was stored here for the defense of the city. The Gothic ornaments and the steep roof was added in the 19th century.
The "Obecni dum" Municipal House was built between 1906 and 1912. The Art Nouveau building designed by the architects Balsanek and Polivka was erected on the site of the royal court. The Czechoslovak Republic was proclaimed here in 1918. The building is used for exhibitions, concerts and restaurants.
The Wenceslas Square "Válavské námestí" is the largest square in the center of Prague, it was established as a horse market in the 14th century. Saint Wenceslas was a Bohemian prince and promoter of Christianity who was murdered by his brother and has been venerated as a saint and patron of Bohemia.
The St. Nicholas Cathedral or "Sv. Mikulase" at "Lesser Town" (Mala Strana) was built between 1703 and 1756. The baroque church was designed by Christoph Dientzenhofer, a well-known German architect. The huge ceiling fresco of the 75 m high dome was designed by Johann Lukas Kracker. Saint Nicholas is the protector of traders and merchants.
The foundation stone for the construction of the "St. Vitus Cathedral" Katedrala svateho Vita) was put by Carl IV in 1344. The gothic cathedral served as coronation site of the Bohemian kings, even if the cathedral was not completed until 1929.
The Prague Castle "Hradčany" is the district on the hill above the city. In the Czech Republic power has always been concentrated here. The kings of Bohemia, the archbishop and the noble families lived here. This was also the place of the second Prague defenestration in 1618, which triggered the "Thirty Years War".
On Petrin Hill stands this 63-meter-high iron tower, which is a reminiscent of the two years earlier opened Eiffel Tower in Paris. The lookout tower was built in 1891 for the state exhibition. From the top you have a very nice view over the city and the Vltava valley.
The church "Sacred Heart of Jesus" Kostel Nejsvetejsiho srdce Pane in the Vinohrady district of Prague, was built in 1932 by the Slovenian architect Jozef Plecnik. This church in Prague is his most famous work and a further development of the Holy Spirit Church in Vienna, which he designed in 1908.
The 216 m high TV tower Zizkovska Televizni by Vaclav Aulicky and Jiri Kozak was completed in 1992 and offers a viewing platform at a height of 93 m. The tower is supported by three concrete pillars which were clad with steel plates. The square service rooms have been docked to this construction.
Welcome to Prague
Prague is the largest city in the Czech Republic with a population of 1.3 million. Prague's old town is well preserved and one of the most beautiful in Europe. There are many sights in Prague, the most famous of which are the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Market, the Jewish Cemetery and the Hradcany.