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Prague (Praha), the Capital and largest city (hlavní
mesto) of the Czech republic.
Situated on the Vltava river in central Bohemia.
Population 1,165,581 (2003)
Area 496 km˛
Since 1992, the historic center of Prague has been included
in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites.
Founded in the latter part of the 9th century, Prague
soon became the seat of the kings of Bohemia, some of
whom also reigned as emperors of the Holy Roman Empire
in later times.
The city flourished during the 14th century reign of
Charles IV, who ordered the building of the New City,
the Charles Bridge, Saint Vitus Cathedral: the oldest
gothic cathedral in central Europe which is actually
inside the Castle, and the Charles University: the oldest
university in central Europe north of the Alps.
Prague was then the third-largest city in Europe.
The four independent boroughs that had formerly constituted
Prague were eventually proclaimed a single city in 1784.
Those four cities were Hradcany (the Castle District,
west and north of the Castle), Malá Strana (the Lesser
Town, south of the Castle), Staré Mesto (the Old Town,
on the east bank opposite the Castle) and Nové Mesto
(the New Town, further south and east).
The city underwent further expansion with the annexation
of Josefov in 1850 and Vysehrad in 1883, and at the
beginning of 1922, another 37 municipalities were incorporated,
raising the city's population to 676,000.
Prague suffered from serious flooding in August 2002,
with parts of the city having to be evacuated.
The floods caused a lot of damage, but fortunately no
major landmarks (such as the Charles Bridge) were destroyed.
Prague is a popular tourist destination.
There are lots of old buildings, many with beautiful
murals on them.
Prague is a traditional cultural center, hosting many
theaters including: National Theatre, The Rudolfinum
(home to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra), opera houses,
concert halls, galleries and music clubs.
- The astronomical clock in the Old-Town Square of
- Staré Mesto
- Various places connected to Franz Kafka
- Malá Strana
- Hradcany with the Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral
- the Charles Bridge
- the Lennon Wall
- Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock
- Josefov (the old Jewish quarter)
- Wenceslas Square
- National Museum
- Vysehrad castle
- Petrinska Rozhledna, an observation tower, which
is nearly a 1:5 copy of Eiffel Tower
- TV Tower with observation deck
- Charles University founded in 1348
- the Metronome, a giant, functional metronome that
looms over the city
Public transport infrastructure consists
of three metro lines, trams (including
nostalgic tram no.91), buses and a
funicular to Hill Petrin.
The city is a railroad hub.
Prague is served by Ruzyne International
Airport, which is the hub of the
flag carrier, CSA Czech Airlines.
This page was retrieved and condensed from
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prague) in July, 2005
All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free
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Hui Chin and I visited Prague at the beginning of our trip
Our entire trip of 9 weeks was spoilt in the first hour
of visiting Prague, when some "gutter slime thieves"
snatched Hui Chin's purse on the Metro Station with
a large amount of our money, credit cards and many other
things in it.
Due to the fact, that very few people, including the Police
could understand English (at least the ones we tried to
talk to), we couldn't even report our loss.
After hours of trying, a very nice Hostel Receptionist
let us use her own mobile phone to try to report the
loss of Hui Chin's credit cards, without much result,
being a weekend and everything, especially the banks
We had to email our son in New Zealand from Poland the
next day to cancel the credit cards as we were just
didn't get any co-operation at all in Prague, even with
the help of the kind receptionist, we couldn't find
any Cyber Cafe open either, due to lack of understanding
or our unfamiliarity with the city.
We couldn't get out of the
place quick enough.
Some of my photos of Prague.
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these photos for an enlargement
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