A plan to install a replica of the Marian column that stood on Prague’s
Old Town Square for over 250 years has hit the rocks after Prague City
councillor vetoed the idea, on the grounds of a petition signed by over
Prague City Hall earlier gave its consent to the idea and will now have to take legal action to withdraw from a contract with the Society for the Restoration of the Marian Column which wanted to give Prague a replica of the column as a gift.
The original Marian column was built in 1650 to commemorate the Habsburg victory over the Swedes.
It was torn down in 1918 by an angry mob which perceived it as a symbol of the Habsburg takeover of the Czech lands and the violent re-Catholicization that followed.
Plans to revamp Prague’s Wenceslas Square have been given final approval
after 12 long years of debate, the news site idnes reported on Monday.
The project, by award winning Prague architect Jakub Cigler, envisages a traffic-free zone with more greenery, more space for pedestrians, a wider promenade and more outdoor seating arrangements.
The trams currently cutting through the square will be rerouted and car traffic will be severely restricted.
Work on the square is expected to start next year.
The authorities in Prague are set to make alterations to the major
multi-lane road that cuts through the centre of the city. New crossings are
to be built on the road, known as the magistrále (mainline), while
adjacent parks and streets are to be cleaned up under a plan approved by
councillors on Tuesday.
Deputy mayor Petra Kolínská said the road was more than anything a barrier that divided different parts of the city from one another and was avoided by pedestrians. At present it has very few crossings while its underpasses are often in a poor state.
The demolition of a building on the corner of Wenceslas Square and Opletalova Street in the centre of Prague has been completed. The building, which dates from 1880, was knocked down despite opposition by preservationists, who said it was unacceptable from the perspective of monument preservation. A construction of a new office building in place of the old one is set to start next year.
A new project run by a team of foreigners living in Prague aims to map ethnic restaurants in the city. The Czech Friendly team pinpoints authentic family-run foreign restaurants, pop-ups and food trucks and present them through a printed map and a mobile app. It also collects the best authentic recipes and presents the life stories of the places’ owners. I spoke about the project with Ekaterina Kokkalou, who is a part of the Czech Friendly team:
The 2017 Prague Pride LGBT festival, a week-long event celebrating sexual diversity, culminated on Saturday with a traditional carnival parade through the city centre. Several thousand people took part in the procession, which set off from Wenceslas Square and ended at Prague’s Letná plain, where a concert is held. Around two hundred people took part in a march in support of the “traditional family” model organized by Christian Democrat opponents of Prague Pride.
Producer Rick McCallum is nothing less than a legend in the film business, known for his many years with Lucasfilm and his work on enormous projects like The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and the Star Wars prequels. After retiring from Lucasfilm several years ago, McCallum relocated to Prague where he founded Film United. In our interview he discusses Czech talent and the benefits of shooting in the Czech Republic, and tells the story of a chance meeting he had in the 1990s with President Václav Havel.
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