The Lucerna Palace, long considered a beacon of Czech national pride has been celebrating its centenary this year without too much of the fanfare usually reserved for such occasions.Situated off Wenceslas Square in the very heart of Prague, and established by civil engineer, designer and builder Vasclav M. Havel in 1907, it was the first multi-purpose arcade of its kind ever to be built in this country.
As I bustled about my flat last night, washing dishes and finally tackling that seriously grubby floor, I suddenly tuned into the song that was playing in the background on my stereo. Sunday Morning Coming Down - one of the Johnny Cash numbers that I didn’t buy the CD for. An orchestral, jangly offering, in which the singer laments (among other things) the loneliness and desertedness of his city on a Sunday.
November 17th is the anniversary of the start of the Velvet Revolution and is a public holiday here in the Czech Republic. Hundreds are expected to take to the streets of Prague on Saturday, to mark the 18th anniversary of the beginning of one of the most important chapters in the country’s history. But others will be turning out in numbers for rather different reasons. Here is a round up of the activities we can expect around the capital on Saturday:
The police are investigating a shooting incident on Wenceslas Square, which left one man seriously injured. Eyewitnesses say that two foreign nationals, most likely from Eastern Europe, were having a fight when one of them pulled out a gun and fired. The injured man, who is believed to be around 35 years of age, was operated on at the Teaching Hospital on Karlovo Namesti. He remains in critical condition.
Prague's public transport system is frequently described by foreign visitors as one of the best in Europe, even though the natives often seem bemused at all the praise...But certainly no-one can deny that the system is extensive, fairly easy to use and relatively cheap. However the Prague Transport Authority has a number of changes in the pipeline which will change how the people of Prague pay for their transport, and they could be controversial.
Saturday is the Sabbath, the day of rest for the Jewish people, but this Saturday looks like being anything but quiet, as dozens, possibly hundreds of far-right extremists from the Czech Republic and abroad are due to descend on Prague's Josefov quarter. They're threatening to march through the former ghetto on the 69th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom against Germany's Jews, running the gauntlet of City Hall bans and a strong police presence.
Zapomenute obrazy Praha 19. stoleti ( Forgotten Pictures, 19th Century Prague) is the name of an exhibition currently running at the Museum of the City of Prague. Of the 180 paintings on show, almost half have never been exhibited before, while a number are by unknown artists. What's more, many of the works on display document parts of the Czech capital which today no longer exist. Zdenek Mika is the curator of the exhibition - he told us all about it.
Letna Plain is one of the last open spaces in central Prague. Overlooking the Vltava River and located only some 1500 metres from Prague Castle, it was a strategic location in mediaeval times for troops laying siege to the seat of Bohemian monarchs. Historians assume that this was the reason why Letna remained an open space; it was only connected with Mala Strana and the Castle in 1831, and first buildings were erected at the end of the 19th century. Letna has always been a venue for protests, demonstrations, and popular gatherings. The Communists
The ongoing controversy over a planned new National Library building in Prague has come to something of a head; the conflicting sides have agreed that an expert team should determine whether the futuristic building should be built on the location that was originally chosen, and if so, whether the design should be modified to fit the historic environment. Within some two or three months, the 'Team National Library' consisting of architects, preservationists and lawyers, is expected to come up with a final proposal for the location of 'the
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