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Prague from above

Prague is known for its towers, and seeing the city from up high proved that to be true. Every church has a clock tower. The city has lots of famous cultural sites, more than I ever expected, and every building was beautiful. I always thought Prague and the Czech Republic would be dismal and socialist in style, but, on the contrary, it was colorful and vibrant.

The River

The river in Prague is lined with shops, restaurants and bars. Finding anything in the city is easy if you just follow the river until it’s time to turn inward. There are also areas where you can rent boats and ride along the river, as it is very calm.

City Hall and Old Town

Old Town is the center of everything Prague. The Old Town Square is filled with shops and food stands, and the smell is fantastic. On one side is the City Hall, with the Astronomical Clock, and on the other side stands the Adam and Eve Towers. We went back to the square every day because it was always bustling.

Adam and Eve Church

Officially titled the Church of the Virgin Mary before Tyn, to most it is known as the Adam and Eve Church because of the two towers. They are called the Adam and Eve towers because they are different sizes, which you can’t always notice at first. My first impression was that it looked like the castle from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” but I also think the history is interesting, too.

Astronomical Clock

One of the most famous attractions in Prague is the Astronomical Clock. It is in Old Town Square on the City Hall building. It is rich in symbolism, and the oldest astronomical clock in the world that is still working. The upper clock is is the astronomical one, with the zodiacs. The lower clock has 12 apostles, for each of the 12 months, as well as the names calendar. People in the Czech Republic can only name their children from a list of names, and each name has a day to celebrate.

Prague Castle

A visit to Prague is incomplete without seeing the oldest Medieval castle in Europe. The castle is still used today for the Czech government. Instead of the typical castle most imagine, it is a huge area on top of a hill with all the different houses of the old lords and rulers. There is an enormous cathedral in the middle and a few other churches, and it is also where the crown jewels are kept.

St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral is at the center of the Prague Castle. It is enormous and very Gothic. There are, of course, many stain-glass windows and flying buttresses, but there is one odd quirk: there are no statues. The pedestals where they would normally sit are all there, but not a statue to be found (see bottom on either side of the door). The cathedral also has a wall on the side with a huge mosaic, and in the room behind it is where the crown jewels of the Czech Republic are kept.

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is a huge stone bridge that connects the side of the river with Old Town to the side of the river with the Prague Castle. It is one of the oldest bridges in the country that has remained intact. Along the bridge are many statues, mostly religious. Some are huge and include multiple characters. Walking along the bridge at night was eerie with all the statues and few lights, but also beautiful.

Estates Theater

The Estates Theater is another historical place in Prague. It is the only theater still standing where Mozart actually performed, and it is also where he debuted his opera “Don Giovanni,” one of his most famous ever. The building reminds me a of Tiffany’s box, bright blue and white.

Spanish Synagogue

In the center of Prague is the Jewish quarter, where the old ghetto used to be. There are six synagogues in the area, one being the Spanish synagogue. This area also has Jewish museums and cemeteries. It was interesting to hear the history of the area, especially during the World War II era.

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