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A: Old Town Square Christmas Market

de Jeffrey Martin, la distanta de 10 metri

Here's the biggest frenzy of the year for Old Town Square (barring the Praying Mantis Invasion of cou...

Old Town Square Christmas Market

B: Prag, Staroměstské náměstí, 01

de Christoph Hoermann, la distanta de 10 metri

Prag, Staroměstské náměstí, 01

C: 2012 Prague - old town square 02

de Lars Lindahl, la distanta de 10 metri

Jag besökte Prag för andra gången sommaren 2012. Den här gången med ett Enbensstativ, en Nikon D700 o...

2012 Prague - old town square 02

D: The Old Square Prague

de Steven 'fly agaric 23' Pratt, la distanta de 10 metri

The Old Square, Prague, Czech Republic. Captured by Steve fly using I-Pad 3 and Photosynth app. 25th ...

The Old Square Prague

E: Christmas on Old Town Square 2008

de Jeffrey Martin, la distanta de 20 metri

It's Christmas again in Prague. Old Town Square is packed again. As the years pass by, the scene here...

Christmas on Old Town Square 2008

F: Staromestske namesti 2010

de Jan Vrsinsky, la distanta de 20 metri

Staromestske namesti 2010

G: Prague Old Square

de Cristian Marinescu, la distanta de 20 metri

Prague Old Square

H: Prague - Old Town Square

de Willy Kaemena, la distanta de 30 metri

Old Town SquareWikipedia : "Old Town Square (Czech: Staroměstské náměstí ) is a historic square in th...

Prague - Old Town Square

I: Euro Cup on Old Town Square

de Jeffrey Martin, la distanta de 30 metri

Here are thousands of rabid football fans watching the Euro Cup match.

Euro Cup on Old Town Square

J: the Giant Praying Mantis Invasion - 3

de Jeffrey Martin, la distanta de 30 metri

A giant praying mantis invaded Old Town Square in Prague today at 8:15 pm to the delight of hundreds ...

the Giant Praying Mantis Invasion - 3

Aceasta panorama a fost facuta in Prague

Aceasta este un ansamblu a Prague

  Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, has long attracted artists and wandering spirits, although it was originally inhabited by prehistoric fish. Their inland sea filled the basin contained by the Tatras and Carpathian mountains, but when it eventually dried up they were forced to yield the terrain to dinosaurs, wooly mammoths and Neanderthals.
    In human times the Celtic tribes came to reside here, leaving remains dating back to the 4th Century B.C.  Their tribal name, Boii, gives the root of the word "Bohemia".  The three separate territories of Bohemia, Silesia and Moravia now make up the modern Czech Republic, which split from Slovakia in the 1993 "Velvet Divorce."
    Thanks to its enigmatic founder, the city of Prague derives a magnetic appeal for visionaries, scientists and astronomers.  The historical figure credited with the launch of Prague is Princess Libuse, a visionary prophet and warrior who once stood atop the hill at Vysehrad and made the prophecy as follows,

    "I see a vast city, whose glory will touch the stars!"

    This indeed came to pass after she took Otokar Premysl to be her husband and King, launching the Premyslid dynasty, and leaving it to rule for the first four hundred years of Czech history.  When the last Premyslid king, Wenceslas III, died without producing a male heir, the fourteen year-old John of Luxembourg came to take the throne of the Czech lands.
    Hot-headed John died in battle, but his diplomatic son Charles IV inherited the throne and, through keen multi-lingual savvy, managed to both keep it and earn the title "Father of the Czech Nation."
    Charles IV was the first of the Holy Roman Emperors here; he ruled during the height of Prague's elegance and splendour. This is the man to know if you want to understand Prague's layout.  He sponsored the construction of such landmarks as the Charles Bridge, the Hunger Wall and St. Vitus' Cathedral, as well as personally designing the neighborhood called New Town (Nove Mesto) which has for its center Karlovo Namesti or Charles Square.
    The city displays every branch of architecture across the last thousand years, including Cubism, a style which you will be hard-pressed to find applied to buildings anywhere else in the world.  Beyond the stunning visual makeup of the city, there is a wealth of nightlife and entertainment, beginning with the legendary concert halls including the Rudolfinum, National Theater, Estates Theater and the Municipal House.
    After investigating the Castle and Bridge, which are the most heavily-trafficked tourist areas, take a look around Zizkov and Letna, two of the cooler neighborhoods for bars and restaurants.
    However quiet it may seem after ten PM, Prague is alive and throbbing in an endless array of basement bars, pubs, clubs, discos and pool halls waiting to be discovered by the intrepid subterranean adventurer.  To get an idea of what lies in store, check out the panoramas for Chateau and Palac Akropolis and when you're out and about, make sure you look for the stairs down to the cellar. 
    Apart from shopping, eating, drinking and wearing out your digital camera, delve into the rich green carpet of Prague's parks, many of which lie only walking-minutes from the city center.

Text by Steve Smith.

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