DAY 1: Prague, Czech Republic Prague is the equal of Paris in terms of beauty. Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic. It is bisected --that means divided into two parts, by the Vltava River. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” it's known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic area, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, with a popular show. Completed in 1402, pedestrian Charles Bridge is lined with 30 statues of saints. Above the Charles Bridge on the hill is the palace area and the magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral. Prague is known for its colorful buildings and red tile roofs.
Old Town Square
Prague Castle and St. Vitus
DAY 2: ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK Every hour, hundreds of tourists from all over the world with cameras at the ready gather in front of the Old Town Hall to enjoy a fascinating mechanical performance which in the Middle Ages was considered one of the wonders of the world. The Prague Astronomical Clock, which for 600 years has been one of the greatest treasures of the city, still amazes people with its procession of Apostles, moving statues and visualization of time like no other instrument in the world.
Special 600th Anniversary Show --just imagine --it has been working for over 600 years now! LINK (if video below won't open)
DAY 3: CHARLES BRIDGE Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Lesser Town (which is a funny name for the side that has the castle). The bridge was first called the Stone Bridge. Its construction was ordered by Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and began in 1357 (which was almost 650 years ago). The builder of the bridge almost built the St. Vitus Cathedral at the Prague Castle. It is said that egg yolks were mixed into the mortar to strengthen the construction of the bridge. There is a tower standing on each end of the bridge. Tourists can climb the towers on either end for a view of Prague and the bridge from above. Many Baroque statues are found all along both sides of the bridge. The Charles Bridge is popular with Czech artists, musicians and souvenir vendors whose stands line both sides of the bridge year-round. A great time of day to come to the bridge is at sunset when one can enjoy a breathtaking view of the fully lit Prague Castle against the evening sky. The bridge is now a pedestrian only zone and is almost constantly filled with people. If you want to have it all to yourself, go there at night or very early in the morning.
DAY 4: THE KLEMENTINUM LIBRARY --The Klementinum Library is easily the most beautiful library in the entire world. Originally opened in 1722, the library was a part of the Jesuit University. Today, it serves as a fine example of Baroque architecture (think back, we learned that Baroque means lots and lots of fancy decoration). The inside of the Klementinum Library leaves no detail untouched, from the floors to the walls to the ceiling everything is beyond beautiful. The main library, officially known as the National Library of the Czech Republic, is located inside a larger collection of historic buildings known collectively as Klementinum. There are actually several libraries within the Klementinum --each is decorated in the Baroque style. The best part perhaps is that this historic library houses thousands upon thousands of books in its collection. This collection at the Klementinum includes some incredibly rare and one-of-a-kind historical books. Although this collection is one-of-a-king, so is the inside of the Klementinum! I guess that's why it has the title of "the most beautiful library in the world!"
DAY 5: The Castle Area and St. Vitus Roughly the size of seven football fields, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world. Built and renovated during 13 centuries, the complex includes churches, gardens, alleyways, and royal residences that would take days to appreciate. Don't miss the St. Vitus Cathedral. In addition to Art Nouveau stained-glass windows and a wooden depiction of the crucifixion, it houses treasures like the tomb of St. John of Nepomuk — a blinding two-metric-ton vault that is held up by an army of silver angels. Miss Hesse spent three weeks in Prague in 1998, as part of a teacher program to Eastern Europe --she even went to school at Charles University when she was there. Classes were being held at Charles University years before Columbus discovered America. She said Prague Castle was beautiful. Here she is standing in one of the rooms of the Castle. The government of Prague still meets there today, but there is no king or queen. The Czech Republic, like the United States, is a democracy today.
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