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If you read the history of this place you will see that contemporary shape of the castle at Průhonice is a result of numerous reconstructions of the small medieval Gothic castle. Time has passed, owners have been changing and everyone made alterations or completely reconstructed the castle.
Count Arnošt Emanuel Silva-Tarouca was the one who founded a beautiful park in 1885. The length of its paths is approximately 23 km. Besides, the park represents a great collection of domestic and foreign plants.
Nowadays the castle is closed to public, but there is a permanent exhibition about its history in the part of the western wing, the delightful park is also worth a visit!
The monument was built in honour of those who participated in the battle for the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic. There is an exquisite view of Prague next to the statue of Jan Žizka, the leader of the Hussites' movement. For even better and broader view, go to the top of the monument.Read more
The Dancing House or Fred and Ginger is the nickname given to this unusual 'deconstructivist' building on the Rašínovo nábřeží. The Dancing House was built on the place of a house destroyed by the U.S. bombing of Prague in 1945.
At first controversial idea to place a modern building in close proximity to Gothic, Baroque and Art-Nouveau architecture was taken skeptically, but thanks to Vaclav Havel, the first prezident of the Czech Republic, who wanted the building to become a cultural center, the project of Dancing House became real. Some say that Dancing House symbolizes changes and that Fred and Ginger invite you to dance into the unknown future.
The story of Strahov monastery starts with Bishop of Olomouc Jindrich Zdík who had the idea of establishing a monastery of canons regular in Prague. But only with arrival of Premonstratensians the life of the monastic community started to develop. At first the monastery was wooden, but later as many wooden buildings was hit by the fire. The complex was reconstructed many times during its long history due to wars it witnessed and suffered from. At certain point in time it managed just to eke out an existence, but it survived and has a lot to tell. Check guided tours around the monastery, have a look on its gardens and vineyard, try monastery beer.
Vyšehrad is a historic fort that dates back to 10th century with a picturesque park inside. A legend says that one day Slavic princess Libuše had a vision. She stood on a cliff overlooking the Vltava, pointed to a forested hill across the river, and proclaimed: "I see a great city whose glory will touch the stars." It was future Prague. You can visit Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, old Vyšehrad Cemetery with the remains of many famous people from Czech history, the Rotunda of St. Martin from the 11th century and enjoy a breathtaking view on Prague.Read more
Klementinum is one of the largest building complexes in Europe and covers the area of 2 hectares. It was founded by the Jesuits after their arrival in Bohemia in 1556.
Klementinum has a long and rich history and to learn more about it everyone is welcome on guided tours to the Baroque library (hall with old fresco paintings and historically rare globes), Meridian hall (where they will show you how people used to determine noon with dedal devices and sun rays) and Astronomical tower (that offers a panoramic view of Prague).
Here is a small tip for you: if you go to the part of Klementinum with studying rooms, you can buy a ticket for 10 CZK and walk around its long corridors, sit in the inner courtyard, grab some food in bistro or visit temporary exhibition that sometimes take place there.
In 1597 the emperor Rudolf II gave this space to 24 castle marksmen who garded the fortification. But there was too little space for 24 marksmen and their families! As a result they had to build these tiny dwarfish houses.
According to a legend Golden Lane got its name after alchymists who lived in this street and searched for ways to transform metals into gold. More likely the street has its name after the goldsmiths that lived there in the 17th century.
The current appearance of the Golden Lane dates back to 1955. There is a permanent exhibition in nine out of 16 houses, documenting the life in the lane over the past five centuries, other houses serve as small souvenir shops selling ceramic stuff, puppets and jewellery.