Old new synagogue
Cubism came to Prague from Paris in the early 20th century. However, it is here that it became an architectural style.
The House of the Black Madonna was named after the stone sculpture that used to decorate the original building. Here you enter the geometrical world, sit on a cubist chair and enjoy a coffee in a cubist cup with a „little coffin“ - a crispy cubist-shaped dessert.
Say Petřín [petrdʒɪəʳn] ! If you cannot say it, do not worry. Even young Czech children cannot say it before 5 or 6 years old; they often need speech therapy to speak their own native language! Petřín park is great for dating in Spring, reading books in Summer, eating apples and pears in Autumn and sledding at wintertime. At any moment of the year, you will have the best view of Prague!
A nice view of the historical center of Prague can be had from the tower of the Old Town Hall. The Astronomical clock has measured time for over 600 years. It does not show any minutes and it does not shift to Daylight Saving Time, but the sound of a rooster crowing can be heard every hour of every day.
Vinohrady is one of Prague’s districts with many stucco decorated facades from the late 19th century, one of the reasons why it became such a popular neighbourhood. Many of the houses have a decorative theme; anything from a historic legend to a foreign city or even an animal or floral motif. One of the facades in Krkonosska Street represents the legendary spirit of Krkonose Mountains (in the north of Czech Republic) called Krakonos.
A sound mind in a sound body!
The Sokol sport movement (”sokol” means falcon) and its massive gymnastic festivals are not only about physical, but also about moral and intellectual training. The movement played an important role in Czech nationalism and the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918 yet was banned three times in its history (by the Austria-Hungarian monarchy, by Nazi Germany and by the Communist regime). However, it never disappeared for good. For 150 years, the members of Sokol have called each other “brother” and “sister”. When walking around Prague, don’t miss the elegant “sokolovna” (Sokol gymnasium); there is at least one in each district. It can be recognised by the red logo or the falcon statue.
Czech cities and villages are full of baroque buildings. Their decoration and omnipresence was supposed to strengthen Catholicism of the people. This card represents Saint Nicholas in Mala Strana.
After the Communist Era, low-quality, even weird, villas started to appear in the suburbs. They tried to imitate the decorative and complex baroque shapes and this is the reason why people started to call them the “nouveau riche baroque”.
If you enjoyed the open air baroque statue gallery on Charles Bridge, you might also enjoy “Kuks”. It is a baroque hospital and spa complex about one hour and a half by car from Prague. The hospital and its surroundings are all decorated by one of the bridge’s main sculptors: Matyas Braun. Don’t miss the Nativity sculpture gallery in the nearby forest.
City of a Hundred Spires