Prague Pictures

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    Touring Car in Prague

    ••• Seeing Prague Antique and vintage cars are popular with tourists. Drivers act as touring guides. This car is parked outside the entrance to the Charles Bridge in Mala Strana. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    Photos of Prague Czech Republic

    Pictures can help you to visualize the beauty of Prague in the Czech Republic — although there's nothing like visiting it yourselves. An historic city of church spires, red roofs, and bridges, Prague is topped by a castle that evokes legends and fairy tales. Many of the oldest and most distinctive buildings in Prague are gilded and lit at night, inspiring even amateur photographers to shoot pictures of this extraordinary city. The following Prague photos provide a small idea of its scenic and cultural attractions for couples.

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    Prague is basically a walking city, but as you can see from this photo there are other means for touring its landmarks.

    Bring a good pair of walking shoes to Prague, ones that are comfortable over cobblestones. You can see Prague on foot, by tram, bus, private or touring car, even romantic horse-drawn carriage.

    It's always more valuable to see a city in the company of a guide (especially one who...MORE lets you stop to shoot pictures), or with a guide book in hand. At the least, get a map; better Prague hotels will make one available free of charge at the front desk.

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    Charles Bridge Entrance

    ••• Picture of the Approach to the Charles Bridge The medieval bridge connects the Mala Strana district with the Old Town. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    The Charles Bridge, spanning the Vltava River, is the oldest bridge in Prague.

    Work on the gothic-style Charles Bridge began in 1357. It was completed at the start of the 15th century.

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    St. Anthony of Padua Statue

    ••• Charles River Saint Picture This picture shows the Saint Anthony of Padua statue on the south side of the bridge. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    Some 20 religious statues are mounted on the north and south balustrades of Prague's Charles River Bridge.

    St. Anthony is in the company of the baby Jesus.

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    Tourists on Charles Bridge

    ••• Crossing Charles Bridge Caricaturists, craftspeople, and tourists mingle on the cobblestoned Charles River bridge. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    The Charles Bridge is one of the most famous and photographed landmarks in Prague.

    Every tourist in Prague ought to cross the Vltava River at least once on the 15th-century Charles Bridge.

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    Vltava River Picture

    ••• It's a short walk across the Vltava River bridges, and many visitors also enjoy taking a river cruise. © Carol Cuddy.

    The Vltava River bisects the city of Prague, separating Mala Strana and the Old and New Town districts.

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    Prague Synagogue Picture

    ••• The Old-New Synagogue Old-New Synagogue is the oldest in Prague. © Carol Cuddy.

    From the 13th century through to the Holocaust, Jews were a factor in the civic life of Prague and the city contained several synagogues.

    Prague's Jewish Quarter in the Old Town, also called Josefov, contains an ancient Jewish cemetery, museum, and synagogues. Find out more about this Old-New Synagogue.

    It was in Prague that the legend of the Golem emerged. Told by Rabbi Loew ben Bezalel to his grandson to calm the youngster's fears that the Jews inside the ghetto would be slaughtered, the Golem was a walking Frankenstein-like monster made out of clay.

    Many brilliant and accomplished individuals from this part of the world, including Franz Kafka, Gustav Mahler, Sigmund Freud, Milos Forman, Madeleine Albright were born Jewish.

    The Terezin military fortress outside of Prague was used as a transit camp during World War II, deporting Jews to concentration camps elsewhere in Europe. About 80,000 Prague Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. Fewer than 2,000 live in the city today.

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    Prague Jewish Cemetery

    ••• Old Headstones in Prague Jewish Cemetery Many Jewish cemeteries in Europe have been defaced by vandals and anti-semitic youth over the years. This one is patrolled by a caretaker. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    An estimated 200,000 Jews were buried in Prague Jewish Cemetery between 1439 and 1787.

    The graveyard inside the Jewish ghetto is not large, but it was one of the few spaces available to the people to bury their dead. Over time, corpses in coffins were layered atop one another.

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    Our Lady before Tyn Prague Church

    ••• View of church from Old Town Square. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    A church that is among Prague's oldest and most distinctive, the gothic, twin-towered Our Lady before Tyn has stood over the Old Town since the 14th century.

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    Prague Astronomical Clock Photo

    ••• The Astronomical Clock is mounted on the Old Town City Hall on Old Town Square, across from the church of Our Lady before Tyn. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    Attuned to both the time and the zodiac, Prague's astronomical clock chimes every hour.

    The combined effort of a professor and a clockmaker, the mechanical clock and astronomical dial date to 1410.

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    Your Transportation Awaits in Old Town Square

    ••• Whether traveling by taxi or horse and buggy, make sure to negotiate the price in advance. It's typical to leave a 10 percent tip for good service. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    Picture yourselves tooling around Prague in this handsome tufted carriage.

    Many streets in Prague are pedestrian-only, but you can still see a lot touring from this conveyance.

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    St. Vitus Cathedral

    ••• St. Vitus Cathedral is the largest church in the Czech Republic and the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. © Czech Tourism.

    High on a hill overlooking the city, the buildings that comprise Prague Castle once housed Czech kings, holy Roman emperors, and country presidents.

    The no. 1 attraction in Prague, the Castle district includes churches, palaces, gardens, and other structures set along cobblestone streets.

    It could take days to see and a lifetime to grasp the historical importance of Prague Castle to the nation. As most visitors only have a few hours, they tend to compress a visit to include witnessing the noon changing of the guards and a visit to St. Wenceslas Chapel inside St. Vitus Cathedral.

    The French Gothic-style St. Vitus Cathedral was founded in 1344. Additions in subsequent centuries are in Renaissance and Baroque styles. In addition to beautiful but anonymous stained-glass windows, the Cathedral also contains an exquisite one designed by the famed Czech artist Alphonse Mucha that was installed in 1931.

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    View of Prague

    ••• A Picture for Lovers to Behold If you can't quite live on love, stop in at the restaurant for a meal. But don't linger late: The last tram runs at 9pm. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    Nebozizek restaurant stands high above the city, and from the grounds couples can take in sweeping views of Prague.

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    Municipal House Picture

    ••• Art Nouveau in Action The exterior of the Municipal Building is decorated with frescoes, mosaic work, stone friezes, and it is trimmed in gold. © Carol Cuddy.

    The leading example of Art Nouveau design in Prague, the Municipal House was completed in 1911.

    For lovers of Art Nouveau style, the interior of the Municipal House is nothing short of magnificent. Furniture, lamps, wall paintings, every detail inside this structure is decorated with priceless works by leading Czech artists from the early 20th century.

    The Municipal House is home to the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Its Smetana Hall, named after the well-known Czech composer, is one of the city's main concert halls.

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    Alphonse Mucha Mural

    ••• Together the Mucha murals symbolize human virtues, with Czech personages of the time representing them. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    This mural by Czech artist Alphonse Mucha is inside the Mayor's Hall inside the Municipal House.

    The vast Municipal House contains many beautifully decorated rooms, two of which bear the handiwork of Mucha. His pictures grace the walls and ceilings, and he was also involved in the selection of lighting, curtains, and furniture.

    Civic weddings may be held in the Mayor's Hall, and the building contains both a formal restaurant and a stylish cafe in which couples can celebrate after the ceremony.

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    Mucha Stained Glass Window

    ••• A heart, doves, and flowers decorate the stained glass window in shades of blue, pink, and periwinkle. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    How romantic! The Mayor's Hall, where weddings are conducted, is illuminated by light from this window by Alphonse Mucha.

    Information space rentals in the Municipal House can help you to decide what room is best for a wedding ceremony and reception.

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    Municipal House Cafe

    ••• Stop in for a coffee, pastry, or the Czech Republic's famed Pilsner Urquell. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    The café on the ground floor of the Municipal House is also decorated in Art Nouveau style.

    An elegant space to have breakfast or take tea, the Municipal House Café opens its doors in warmer weather and permits alfresco dining.

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    Buying Czech Garnets

    ••• All That Glitters True Czech garnets are small and dark, not large or gaudy. If you intend to buy, choose a reputable dealer and make sure there is a reasonable return policy. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    If you love diamonds, go to New York, Antwerp, Israel, London or Mumbai. But if you love garnets, the place for buying them is in the Czech Republic.

    Find out more about buying Czech garnets.

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    Czech Marionettes

    ••• Princesses and jesters, charwomen and clowns, Harry Potter characters and figures representing different professions have all been fashioned into marionettes and held audiences of all ages spellbound. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    Creating realistic marionettes and performing with them in puppet theaters has a long history in the Czech Republic.

    Characters may be based on historical or literary figures, fairy tale creatures, everyday people, or original themes.

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    Czech Cubism Museum

    ••• At the House at the Black Madonna The Czech Cubism Museum is a small museum, but worth visiting for its collections of painting, sculpture, and furniture in the Cubist style. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    The 1920s and 1930s were considered the golden age in Prague, and it was a time that Cubism flourished.

    Even the building that houses the Czech Cubism Museum, known as the House at the Black Madonna, incorporates blocky, faceted Cubist elements in its design.

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    Grand Cafe Orient Balcony

    ••• Restaurant inside the Czech Cubism Museum A young girl stands on the balcony of Grand Cafe Orient in a scene of grace and loveliness. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    The restaurant at the Czech Cubism Museum features design elements inspired by the Cubist movement.

    In warmer weather, patrons of Grand Cafe Orient can order their sandwiches and sweets, beer and soft drinks on the second-floor balcony.

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    Museum of Communism Poster

    ••• End of an Error The graphic poster of the Museum of Communism combines a traditional and beloved Russian item — the matrioshka doll — with the menacing jaws of Soviet rule.

    It wasn't long after World War II that the Communists took over the country, and their iron rule lasted until the "Velvet Revolution" of 1989.

    This fascinating museum offers a written narrative that visitors can read as they move through the rooms dedicated to different aspects of life under the Communists including work, food shortages, paranoia and spying on neighbors, socialist realism art and other propaganda.

    Toward the end of the museum there is a small room where a video loop runs, explaining the situations and protests that led up to the Velvet Revolution, when the unpopular Russians left the country without a shot being fired.

    Find out more about the Museum of Communism in Prague.

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    Interrogation Room

    ••• Inside the Museum of Communism At one point, some 200,000 Czech citizens were paid by the Soviet regime to spy on their neighbors. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    A bright light in the eyes, a fabricated dossier of crimes, unwarranted suspicions created an Interrogation Room atmosphere that made Kafkaesque paranoia real.

    The most chilling section of the Museum of Communism is the interrogation room, where citizens accused of real and bogus crimes were questioned and sentenced without trial or mercy.

    Find out more about the Museum of Communism in Prague.

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    Fred and Ginger Dancing House Building

    ••• "Ginger," the building on the left with a "waist," leans into her debonair partner "Fred.". © Carol Cuddy.

    The Dancing House building, designed by Frank Gehry and opened in 1996, is the newest landmark in ten centuries of Prague architecture.

    Dubbed the "Fred and Ginger" building, the structure pays homage to the swank and graceful dance team of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, who appeared in many Hollywood films of the 1930s.

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    Prague at Night Picture

    ••• © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    As the sun sets behind Prague Castle, the city lights up at night, turning into a place of romance and beauty.