Prague has finished in the middle of the Ipsos Top Cities Index for 2017, ranked 30th along with Rio de Janeiro among 60 global cities. In the survey, people in 26 countries ranked the world’s “best cities” for “work, rest, and play”. New York finished first with 50 points, followed by Abu Dhabi, London and Paris; Prague, with 11 points, finished just ahead of Boston and Chicago in the US. Nairobi and Tehran finished 59th and 60th on the list.
Since becoming director of the Czech National Gallery three years ago this month, Jiří Fajt has secured exhibitions by major international artists and helped make its numerous buildings in the capital more accessible to the public. Our tour of “his Prague” begins at the Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia on the edge of the Old Town. It houses the National Gallery’s impressive medieval collection and was headed by the Prague-born Fajt himself in the late 1990s.
Security checks at Prague Castle, which were introduced last August, will remain in place, the president’s spokesman Jiri Ovčáček informed on Friday, adding that it was recommended by the country’s security services. As of last summer, all visitors to the Prague Castle compound are asked to undergo security checks by police officers stationed at the gates, which has resulted in long queues forming. According to Jiří Ovčáček, more police officers will be earmarked to speed up the security checks.
The newly reconstructed Werich villa on Prague’s Kampa, once the home of the famous Czech actor Jan Werich, opened to the public on Friday evening. The villa was reconstructed by the Prague city hall after being severely damaged by floods over a decade ago and is now leased by the Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation, which has turned it into the Voskovec and Werich Arts and Social Centre in honour of the great Czech acting duo. Visitors will be able to view many of Werich’s personal belongings as well as costumes from his films. The centre will also offer lectures, exhibitions and other events. Actor Jan Werich lived in the villa from 1945 until his death in 1980.
The newly reconstructed Werich villa on Prague’s Kampa, once the home of the famous Czech actor Jan Werich, opens to the public on Friday evening. The historical building has been uninhabited and falling apart since it was severely damaged by floods over a decade ago. The reconstruction, which was financed by Prague 1 authorities, amounted to around 30 million crowns. The villa is now leased by the Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation, which has turned it into the Voskovec and Werich Arts and Social Centre in honour of the great Czech acting duo. The centre will offer lectures, exhibitions and other events.
Remains of five people from the 10th century, who are believed to be the last members of the Premyslid dynasty, will be buried at Prague Castle on Friday. The remains were discovered under the ruins of the Church of Virgin Mary, the oldest Christian church at Prague Castle. The origin of the five people, three adults and two children, could not be confirmed, but archaeologists believe that they were members of the ruling family. The remains will be interred at the site of the Church of Virgin Mary and at St George’s Basilica.
As well as the historic monuments, visitors to Prague might be struck by the busy three and four lane highway in both directions that dissects the city centre and complicates access to many landmarks and cultural sites. The city has called in the studio of a world famous Danish architect to suggest how the so-called Magistrale can be tamed and transformed.
What began as Rekola, the NGO, is now an NGO-slash-successful socially-conscious business. If you need to get quickly from A to B in Prague or a number of other Czech cities, pinpointing the nearest Rekola bike through an online app is simple, and the bikes are easy to spot because they are… pink. For a mere 32 crowns for single use, you can zip around the so-called Pink Zone here in the capital. Rekola now has almost 15,000 registered users across the country and is even looking to expand abroad.
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