Prague has always been a living organism, where over the centuries all European
architectural styles have appeared. Prague now boasts a totally unique and
extensive historical city centre, which since 1992 has been a protected UNESCO
World Heritage Site.
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In the Royal Garden in front of the Queen Anne
Summer Palace you will see the Renaissance
. The sound of water falling
on a bronze bowl recalls the distant ringing of
Prague’s bells. Carefully position your ear below
the bottom of the lower bowl and let yourself be
boat trip on the Vltava River
with its beautiful gardens,
art gallery and wine cellars. Near the chateau is
a popular zoo and botanical garden. Steamboats
sail from the Rašín Embankment (Rašínovo
nábřeží) daily at 9:30, 12:30 and 15:30 from late
March to late October.
A guided tour of Prague
The oldest Romanesque church building in Prague is
Rotunda of St. Martin
with circumferential walls nearly a metre thick. The
most famous, of course, is the
Basilica of St. George
, in whose interior we can see the tomb of
the Czech patron St. Ludmila.
Gothic architecture experienced its greatest period of
expansion in Prague in the 14th century, during the
reign of the Holy Roman Emperor and Bohemian King
St. Vitus Cathedral
at Prague Castle are among the jewels of
European architectural heritage.
A photo of the
with the silhouette of
Prague Castle in the background – this has become the
visual symbol of the city of Prague. The bridge, with 31
statues and a massive tower at either end, is more than
half a kilometre long. Its most famous decoration is
a Baroque statue of St. John of Nepomuk.
Old Town Hall
complex is made up of a 70-metre
tower, three adjacent houses, and its biggest attraction:
the Astronomical Clock, where at every hour wooden
statues of the twelve Apostles file past.
The Church of Our Lady before Týn
, with two
80-metre towers, was in its time the tallest building in
Prague. The church is the burial place of the Danish
astronomer Tycho Brahe.
The fame of the Prague Astronomical Clock spread
throughout Europe. Many wanted the Czech clockmaker
Master Hanuš to construct in their city an equally wondrous
instrument for measuring time. The Prague city councillors
did not want to lose the uniqueness of their clock, so they
had Master Hanuš blinded. Other legends are told about
the Old Town Astronomical Clock. One says that when the
instrument stops working, war will come to the land.
One of Prague’s first buildings in the Italian Renaissance style
is the imposing
on Hradčany Square
(Hradčanské náměstí). Nearby stands
several episodes of the popular historical series Borgia were
shot. Both palaces are notable for their outstanding sgraffito
It is said about the
Church of St. Nicholas
in the Lesser Town
that it is the most valuable Baroque building north of the Alps.
Its interior is decorated with huge frescoes with scenes from the
life of St. Nicholas. The composer W. A. Mozart rarely missed an
opportunity to play the church’s organ with its four thousand
is one of the greatest Baroque complexes
in Central Europe. The most interesting places here are the
68-metre Astronomical Tower and the Baroque library hall with
unique globes from the 18th century. Here you will also find the
oldest Czech meteorological station.
situated on the slopes below Prague
Castle and in the Lesser Town will entice you to relax. Be sure
not to miss the terraced Vrtbov Garden and the garden of
A magnificent textbook of architecture.
Discover the city’s most beautiful buildings and
the history of their origins.
Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Square
Church of St. Nicholas
Tourists at Troja Chateau
Interiors of the Clementinum
Old Town Square
St. George’s Basilica