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Prague Castle

Prague Castle is one of the most beautiful sights of Prague. It is one of the largest castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 m². The Prague Castle was most likely founded in around 880 by Prince Bořivoj of the Premyslid Dynasty. The castle buildings represent almost all architectural styles of the second millennium. The Prague Castle includes Gothic St Vitus Cathedral, Romanesque Basilica of St. George, a Convent of St. George, Old Royal Palace and other palaces, gardens and defense towers.     more details

 

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Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Lesser Town (Malá Strana). Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, and was finished in the beginning of the 15th century. The bridge is also a unique gallery of mostly baroque sculptures. First of them was placed in the 17th century. We recommend you to visit the Charles Bridge in the evening or early in the morning, because it is almost always full of tourists.     more details

 

Vyšehrad Vysehrad in Map

Vyšehrad

A historical fort Vyšehrad, one of the symbols of Czech statehood, was built, probably in the 10th century, on a hill over the Vltava River. It is a site shrouded in legends and myths old as the nation itself. On its cemetery are buried the remains of many famous people from Czech history, among them Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Karel Čapek, and Alphonse Mucha. You can find there also Prague's oldest surviving building, the Rotunda of St Martin from the 11th century.     more details

 

Old Town Hall OldTownHall in Map

Old Town Hall & Astronomical Clock

Old Town Hall was built in 1364 and as a result of later expansions, the town hall now consists of a group of buildings in Gothic and Renaissance style. The Astronomical Clock is old more then 600 years and for centuries has flawlessly showing not only the date and time, but also the position of the Sun, phase of the Moon, astronomical cycles and feast days of the Christian calendar. Visit also the tower with stunning views of the Old Town Square and the rest of the Old Town.     more details

 

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National Theatre

The National Theatre, which was built in neo-Renaissance style at the end of the nineteenth century, is a symbol of Czech culture and independence. After the original building was destroyed by fire in 1881, the theatre was reconstructed with the help of financial contributions from across the population. Artworks in the interior were made by Mikoláš Aleš and František Ženíšek. Today this is a place where you can see the best operas, plays and ballets from the classical Czech and international repertoire.     more details

 

Loreto Loreto in Map

Loreto

The Prague Loreto is a wonderful Baroque historic monument, a place of pilgrimage with captivating history. Construction of the Prague Loreto started in 1626 after a design by the Italian architect Giovanni Batista Orsi. The Santa Casa is an almost exact copy of the original and was completed in 1631. During the tour you can see the most valuable piece of the treasury in Loreto, the so-called Sun of the Prague, a monstrance with 6 222 diamonds.     more details

 

Church of Our Lady before Týn Tyn Church in Map

Church of Our Lady before Týn

Tyn Church, or The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, dominates one side of the Old Town Square. The two spires of this Gothic church (with a Baroque interior) can be observed from all over Prague. It is an awe-inspiring sight both during the day, and even more so at night brightly lit against a dark sky. Construction of the Gothic church was started in the fourteenth century, but the spires were finished in 1511. The interior of the Church is one of the richest which you can see in Prague.     more details

 

Powder Tower Powder Tower in Map

Powder Tower

65 meters tall the gothic Powder Tower is the gateway to the Royal Route which leads through the Old Town and the Charles Bridge to the Prague Castle. Its construction began in 1475 during the reign of King Vladislav II Jagiello at the site of the Mountain Tower from the 11th century. The tower was intended to be an attractive entrance into the city, instead of a defensive tower. Gate was originally called the New Tower but its name was changed to the Powder Tower in the 17th century, when it was used to store gunpowder.     more details

 

Strahov Monastery Strahov Monastery in Map

Strahov Monastery

The Strahov Monastery, a Premonstratensian abbey founded in 1143 by Bishop Jindřich Zdík, is the most known for its magnificent library. The library, decorated with wonderful frescoes, contains a collection of over 200,000 volumes, of which 3,000 are original manuscripts. The Strahov Monastery also contains a collection two and a half thousand paintings, statues and other works of art from the Gothic era to the 19th century.     more details

 

Church of St. Nicholas St Nicholas Church in Map

Church of St. Nicholas, Lesser Town

The Church of St. Nicholas, which stands along with the former Jesuit college in the centre of the Lesser Town Square, is an inherent part of the Prague skyline. One of the most beautiful Baroque structures in Europe, was built between 1704-1755 on the site where stood formerly a Gothic church from the 13th century. The interior of the St. Nicholas Church is ornate with many frescoes and sculptures which were created by the best artists of the time. The 70 meters high dome is decorated with the fresco 'The Holy Trinity', a work from Franz Palko.      more details ...

 

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Old Jewish Cemetery

Old Jewish Cemetery is one of the most important Jewish historical monuments in Prague. The cemetery was founded in the first half of the 15th century. The oldest tombstone dates from 1439 and belongs to scholar and poet Avigdor Kara. Prague Jews were not allowed to bury their dead outside the ghetto, so they had to adapt and built the tombs one on top of the other. Therefore now you can see tombs on 12 layers. On the graveyard are buried more than 100,000 people in about 12,000 graves.     more details

 

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Old-New Synagogue

The Old-New Synagogue, completed in 1270 in gothic style, was one of Prague's first gothic buildings. The synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in Europe. Originally the synagogue was called the New or Great Synagogue and later, when newer synagogues were built in the 16th century, it became known as the Old-New Synagogue. It is an orthodox synagogue, it means that during the religious service sits men and women separately.     more details

 

Maisel Synagogue Maisel Synagogue in Map

Maisel Synagogue

Maisel Synagogue, built at the end of the 16th century, is one of the historical monuments of the former Prague Jewish Ghetto. Mordechai Maisel, the mayor of the Prague Jewish Quarter, was a powerful person and one of his privilege was the right to build a private prayer hall. In 1689 the original Renaissance synagogue had become a victim of the big fire that affected the whole ghetto. Then the synagogue was rebuilt several times and its present neo-Gothic form got between 1894 and 1905.     more details

 

Emauzy Monastery Emauzy in Map

Emauzy Monastery (Na Slovanech)

The Emmaus monastery (Czech: Emauzy or Emauzský klášter) is an abbey established in 1347 by the emperor Charles IV. The area became the only Benedictine monastery of the Bohemian kingdom and all Slavic Europe. The monastery was baroquized in the 17th-18th centuries and the two temple towers were added. Modern roof with a tower was added in 1960 after it was destroyed by a U.S. bombing of Prague in 1945.     more details

 

Our Lady Victorious Church Our Lady Victorious in Map

Church of Our Lady Victorious - Prague Infant Jesus

It was actually the first Baroque church in Prague, built by Giovanni Maria Filippi in 1613 for the German Lutherans. In 1620 the church was given to the Carmelites. They rebuilt it from 1634 to 1669. The church is famous for its statuette of the Infant Jesus of Prague (also known as il Bambino di Praga). The statuette was donated in 1628 by Polyxena of Lobkovic. His vestments are changed about ten times a year, depending on the liturgical season.     more details

 

Church of Our Lady of the Snows Our Lady Of The Snows in Map

Church of Our Lady of the Snows

The foundation stone was laid on 3 September 1347, one the day after the formal coronation of Charles IV and Blanche of Valois as King and Queen of Bohemia. The church has one of the highest vaults in Prague - 34 metres. The interior was changed a lot during the Baroque. The most important is a 29 meters high early Baroque columned altar. On its top there are statues of Virgin Mary and crucified John the Evangelist. Today the Gothic presbytery serves as a church of Franciscans.     more details

 

Convent of Saint Agnes of Bohemia St Agnus Convent in Map

Convent of Saint Agnes of Bohemia

The St Agnes of Bohemia Convent is the oldest Gothic building in Prague and one of the most famous and significant convents in Bohemia. The monastery was founded around 1230 by princess Agnes (later known as Saint Agnes of Bohemia). Her brother the king Wenceslas I. and later also the Pope, took the convent under their protection and gave it many previleges. The convent has already not used for its original purpose. Today there is a permanent exhibition of Medieval Art of Bohemia and Europe.     more details

 

Klementinum Klementinum in Map

Klementinum

The complex of buildings - the Klementinum, one of the largest building complexes in Europe, was founded by the Jesuits after their arrival in Bohemia in 1556. The Jesuits remained until 1773, when the Klementinum was established as an observatory, library and university. Today Klementinum is an important place of culture and knowledge. You should not miss one of the concerts of classical music or jazz in the Mirror Chapel.      more details ...

 

Břevnov Monastery Brevnov Monastery in Map

Břevnov Monastery

The oldest male monastery in Bohemia was founded by Saint Adalbert, the second Bishop of Prague, in 993 AD with the support of Duke Boleslav II of Bohemia. And it also has the oldest tradition of beer brewing in the Czech Republic. Its history dates back to the 13th century. The monastery was rebuilt several times, not only because of the fire, but also due to looting and pillaging during the Hussite wars and later, during the Thirty Years' War. The current Baroque appearance dates from the 18th century.     more details

 

Petřín Lookout Tower Petrin Tower in Map

Petřín Lookout Tower

The Petřín Lookout Tower is a 63.5-metre-tall tower, which is in a scale 1:4 imitation of the Eiffel Tower. The tower was built in 1891 and was used as an observation tower as well as a transmission tower. If you reach to the top of the tower, you get a wonderful view of the city skyline with a number of towers, chimneys and wonderful facades of Baroque palaces. Petrin Tower is located in a landscaped garden, which is the venue for a pleasant walk in all seasons.     more details