Saturday, 14 January 2012
The National Theatre in Prague is already more than 130 years old but it is still resuming its functional use until today. Situated at the riverbank of Vtlava River, it occupies one of the prime locations in Prague.
The glittering golden roof is an unmistakable landmark of the city. The neoclassical architecture makes it one of the most impressive buildings in Prague.
The facade facing the street is adorned with statues to greet the people moving around on the street.
Don't forget to pay a visit to this magnificent monument in Prague when you are visiting this amazingly beautiful city, if not the most beautiful city in Europe.
Sunday, 8 January 2012
Wenceslas Square is the busiest square for the local people as it is a convenient meeting point. If you were to meet someone and tell him or her to wait at the statue of St. Wenceslas, you just can't miss it.
Just behind the statue is the monumental National Museum. It's neo-Renaissance architecture makes it the most outstanding building at the square. The young people who congregate in front of such gorgeous building just can't help to get romantic.
Further northwest of the statue of St. Wenceslas is the Memorial to the Victims of Communism. The flower bed was full of white and yellow roses.
There were some red roses too at the neighbouring flower beds.
St. Wenceslas Square is also a boulevard with many beautiful buildings lining both sides. The most striking building is Grand Hotel Evropa. Its decor is art nouveau inside out.
Tram is one of the main means of transport around the city centre of Prague. Therefore, it is not surprising to fine a tram theme cafe in the middle of the street.
Another monumental building along the boulevard is this Melantrich Building. It was at this balcony that the announcement of the end of communism for Czech Republic was made by the first prime minister on 24th November 1989.
Not far from Melantrich Building is the art nouveau palác (palace) Rokoko which connects to palác Lucerna.
At the Světozor arcade just across the street from palác Lucerna lies an interesting stained glass. It was put up as an advertisement for Tesla Radio in late 1940s and now it has become a tourist attraction.
Getting out from Světozor arcade under the stained-glass window connects to the Franciscan Garden. It is a nice place to take a break from the bustling streets outside.
Neighbouring Franciscan Garden is the Church of Our Lady of the Snows. This old Gothic church was full of people during prayer time in the evening. I was the only one there not for the prayer.
Beside the Church of Our Lady of the Snows is the cubist lamppost dating back to 1915. It is one of its kind in the entire world.
At the northwestern end of Wenceslas Square is Koruna Palác (Crown Palace) of which the name was derived from the crown of pearls on the tower.
That concludes my walk around Wenceslas Square in one afternoon of June 2011.
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