“Rooftops of Prague”
Prague, Czechia (The Czech Republic). May 2018. (8 photos)
This is Part 1 of my Czechia 2018 photo series, and also Part 3 of my Europe 2018 photo series.
My initial posts have been about Paris but Paris was not the first destination of my recent European vacation. No, Paris came later. Prague, the capital of Czechia (the official shortened name for the Czech Republic) was my first major destination.
If you’re interested, here’s what this Australian went through to get to Prague…
3 hours – the recommended check-in time to the airport before departure
8 hours 30 mins – flying time from Sydney to Singapore
6 hours – layover in Singapore
12 hours 50 mins – flying time Singapore to Frankfurt
5 hours 45 mins – layover in Frankfurt
1 hour – flying time Frankfurt to Prague
1 hour – for baggage collection and transport to the hotel
That’s a little over 38 hours of travel time. Punctuated by about 4-5 hours of broken sleep during the flight from Singapore to Frankfurt. I slept for about 2 hours on arrival to my hotel and then in impeccable James Bond style, got up and dressed to attend a concert at Smetana Hall. The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra was playing the opening concert of the Prague Spring Music Festival, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia was a sovereign state in Central Europe that existed from October 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until its peaceful dissolution into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on 1 January 1993.
All up I spent 5 days in Czechia. Here are some random photo postcards from Prague.
“Old town from above”
Prague’s historic centre is one of the few cities in Europe to survive from the Middle Ages. The Historic Centre represents a supreme manifestation of Medieval urbanism. The Prague architectural works of the Gothic Period (14th and 15th centuries) through to the rising modernism after the year 1900, influenced the development of Central Europe, perhaps even all European architecture. The historic centre of Prague is a UNESCO listed site.
“Staircase of the House of the Black Madonna”
The House of the Black Madonna is a Cubist building in the “Old Town” area of Prague. Josef Gočár built the house as the first example of Cubist architecture in Prague, and it remains probably the most celebrated. It is currently in use as the Czech Museum of Cubism. I photographed this magnificent staircase from above and below.
“The Strahov Library”
The Strahov Library is the largest monastic library in Czechia, with 2 baroque halls dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
“Morning light on the Vltava River, Charles Bridge and Prague Castle”
It is commonly stated that Adolf Hitler considered Prague to be so beautiful, that he deliberately spared it from destruction/bombing during World War II.
“The Power of One”
Taken somewhere near the Klementinum, if I remember correctly. Those cobblestone roads all look the same after a while.
“The City of a Hundred Spires”
Prague is the capital and largest city in Czechia, the 14th largest city in the European Union and the historical capital of Bohemia. Founded during the Romanesque era and flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Prague was the capital of the kingdom of Bohemia and the main residence of Holy Roman Emperors, most notably of Charles IV. It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city played major roles in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War and in 20th-century history as the capital of Czechoslovakia, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era.
Prague is also called the “City of a Hundred Spires”, based on a count by 19th century mathematician Bernard Bolzano. Today’s count is estimated by the Prague Information Service at 500. Prague has also been known as the Golden City, the Mother of Cities and the Heart of Europe.
“Prague, the heart of Europe”
This is Part 1 of my Czechia (The Czech Republic) 2018 photo series.
This is Part 3 of my Europe 2018 photo series, including Czechia (The Czech Republic), The Netherlands, France, Italy, Austria, Greece and Germany.