The beautiful Gothic Charles Bridge (called the Stone Bridge until 1870), built across the Vltava River to connect the Old Town to the Mala Strana (Lesser Town), is Prague's biggest tourist attraction and boasts a breathtaking view of Prague Castle. Some thirty statues from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries line the bridge, with each one of them having their own unique story to tell. But today's Spotlight is not about what's on the bridge but rather what's inside it - a message for the future citizens of the city of Prague.
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It's a beautiful sunny day here in Prague and I'm standing on Prague's Letna Hill overlooking the Vltava River and the Old Town. Tourists come here today, not only for the breathtaking view but to see the large ticking metronome, which was erected here in 1991. But for the local residents this spot holds a darker memory - little do the tourists around me know that exactly fifty years ago, at this very site, some six hundred men and women were working around the clock to create the world's biggest monument ever to honour the Soviet Communist party
For the past decade, the award-winning Roxy nightclub in the centre of Prague has established itself as the main venue for alternative dance parties, which have become a major cultural phenomenon here since the 1990s. The club is considered by some to be one of the best in Europe and it has attracted many internationally renowned dance acts and DJs such as The Shamen and Asian Dub Foundation. This weekend, however, Prague partygoers will dance the night way in the Roxy for the last time. This is because the city authorities have bowed to complaints
Having lived in one of the grey prefab housing estates on the outskirts of Prague for most of my life, I continue to be amazed at how much history surrounds me now that I have moved closer to the centre. The buildings in Vinohrady, the district where I live and work, are in fact only around a hundred years old but the last century has been crammed with events which have left their marks everywhere.
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Prague architecture has been influenced by the cultures of different nations for centuries. Especially German and Italian architects have left their mark in the Czech Capital. In the 16th century - during the reign of Emperor Rudolph II many Italian builders and masons came to Prague to help to extend Prague Castle. And they were followed by other Italian craftsmen and traders, says Italian ambassador Giorgio Radicati.
Prague's Technical Museum is in the midst of raising funds to repair an antique carousel, which has stood on the edge of Letna Park - right by the museum, since 1894. The carousel is one of the oldest surviving constructions of its type in the world, and quite something to behold; festooned with knights, ribbons and, of course, many a lavishly decorated horse. Rosie Johnston went along to experience all the fun of the fair.
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