President Vaclav Klaus and the first lady Livia Klaus are to reopen the newly reconstructed Golden Lane below Prague Castle on Wednesday. The lane with its charming row of Mannerist-style houses dating back to the late 15th century has just undergone the most extensive reconstruction in its history. Prague Castle administration which paid 34 million crowns for the reconstruction of one of the most visited sites of the Prague Castle compound has made sure that its historic value is well preserved. After the street reopens some of the houses will serve as museum exhibits – their interiors reflecting their former use : a goldsmith’s workshop, an alchemists’ den or a fortune-tellers home.
The demolition began on Saturday of Prague’s historic Štvanice ice hockey rink. The city-owned venue, which was completed in 1932 as the first hockey rink in the country, was in state of severe disrepair, and the local authorities ordered its demolition on Friday despite the fact it was registered as a protected monument. The authorities argued its reconstruction would have been too expensive. The Štvanice ice hockey rink hosted four world championships, the last of them in 1959. Due to its poor state, the ice rink was closed down in January this year.
What does Allen Ginsberg have in common with the great Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, Turkey’s Nazim Hikmet, and the Czech Nobel Prize winner, Jaroslav Seifert? The answer, rather surprisingly, is Prague. In this week’s Czech Books, David Vaughan tells us more about an irresistibly eclectic new poetry anthology.
Czech Culture Minister Jiří Besser on Thursday approved the demolition of a historic building in Prague Wenceslas Square. The building, located on the corner of Opletalova Steet, was built in 1880 and rebuilt several times in the 20th century. Although not a registered monument itself, it forms part of Prague’s historic centre, a UNESCO-listed world heritage site. The building will be replaced with a new structure with a parking lot, shops and offices that should open in 2016. The minister’s decision met with criticism from the Club for Ancient Prague as well as other experts and politicians. Deputy chair of the lower house and member of Prague 1 council, Kateřina Klasnová of the Public Affairs party warned the demolition would diminish the protection of Prague’s monuments.
In today's edition of Spotlight we visit the famous Průhonice Park - a gorgeous destination for tourists that is not at all out of reach, a mere fifteen minute bus ride from Prague. If you love long romantic walks, soft landscapes full of leafy forests, quiet streams, and virgin meadows, Průhonice is a must.
For today’s episode of Czech History I’ve come here to Nuselský most or Nusle Bridge which joins two parts of the city. Completed in 1973, the bridge serves as a major artery for six lanes of North-South traffic and even the city’s metro. Every single day countless thousands of commuters rely on it.
Prague firefighters on Thursday removed a swarm of bees from Prague’s famous astronomical clock, the Orloj. The swarm had started nesting on the clock’s angel statue. Firefighters removed the insects with a special vacuuming device; bystanders and tourists took great interest in watching the procedure, which only lasted about ten minutes.
It’s one of the most Romantic places in the Czech capital. With its charming row of tiny houses built in the Mannerist style Prague’s Golden Lane attracts visitors from near and far. Painters strive to capture its old-world charm and tour-guides elaborate about the colourful personalities that once inhabited them – alchemists who tried to turn stone into gold or make youth elixirs, Franz Kafka who reportedly resided there for a time, or fortune-teller and astrologer Magdalena Prusova also known as Madame de Thebes who was killed by the Gestapo
Thousands of people on Saturday took the opportunity to inspect the historic premises of Prague Castle which are usually off-limits to the public. Thousands queued up since the early morning hours to see the castle’s interior, including the Spanish Hall, the Throne Room and the Mirror Hall. Visitors can see where the presidential elections take place, which rooms former presidents favoured and the dining room used to host banquets for visiting royals and heads of state. The Office of the President opens these premises to the public only on special occasions. The next opportunity to view them will be on October 28, a public holiday marking the birth of independent Czechoslovakia in 1918.
In the jumble of alleyways that is Prague’s Old Town, if you look carefully, you’ll make out the form of the ancient fortress of Ungelt, built over with baroque and renaissance facades, but still standing after 1000 years. This is the customs house of Ungelt, where foreign merchants came to store their wares, and a reminder that Prague has always been a cosmopolitan, multinational city ever since its earliest days.
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