Standing in the centre of the Clementinum – if you can locate such a thing in the labyrinth – you are surrounded by around a millennium of history and millions of volumes of books inside one of the most beautifully preserved masterpieces of Baroque art the city of Prague has to offer. This is the seat of the Czech National Library and the whispering and rustling that echoes through its grand halls add perfectly to its natural mysteriousness.
It was exactly 120 years ago this week that Praguers got their first ride in an electric tram. Today they are a staple of the city’s hilly streets and state-of-the-art wagons have long been one of the country’s best products. To mark the occasion and remind the city what its first trams were like, the National Technical Museum has opened up its garage and sent a fleet of historic trams back out into the traffic.
Police are looking for witnesses of an accident in Prague in which a car crashed off a bridge and plunged into the river. The accident occurred when two cars crashed on Hlávkův Bridge in central Prague at around 5:30 PM on Saturday. One of the vehicles, broke through the railing and plunged into the river; its driver was rescued from the water only after some 25 minutes, and is in hospital in critical condition. Passers-by who witnessed the accident told rescue workers there were more passengers in the vehicle; however, rescue workers called off the search after only the driver was found inside. Police have asked any witnesses to contact them.
The car that crashed off Hlávkův bridge in the centre of Prague on Saturday and plunged into the Vltava River belonged to the protective services division of the Czech police, Czech TV reported on Sunday. The division is in charge of protecting government and other officials. The driver of the car remains in hospital in serious condition. The accident occurred when two cars crashed at around 5:30 PM on Saturday ; one of the vehicles broke through the railing and plunged into the river; its driver was rescued after some 25 minutes under water. Police have asked any witnesses to contact them.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has arrived in Prague for meetings with Czech political leaders. With Poland now holding the rotating EU presidency, top of the agenda will be European politics. Much of the Polish cabinet has also accompanied the prime minister for wide-ranging consultations with their Czech counterparts as part of a string of visits to neighbouring countries. Poland is primarily seeking Czech support for the top-priority plans of its presidency, namely regarding the EU budget for 2013 to 2020 and the strengthening of the solidarity policy that funds the poorest parts of the union. Mr Tusk is meeting with his Czech counterpart Petr Nečas in the morning and will later be received by President Klaus at Prague Castle.
The historic National Museum building at the top of Prague’s Wenceslas Square will close its doors on Thursday for five years of major renovations – the first in the site’s 120-year-long history. When it reopens in June 2016, the museum should offer visitors a whole new experience. On Thursday, hundreds of people used the valuable opportunity to visit the museum for one last time.
The National Museum will be closing its doors on July 7 due to a renovation, which will double the exhibition space and connect the building at the top of Wenceslas Square to the former seat of the Federal Parliament across the street via a subterranean tunnel. The renovation is expected to last four years and cost around 4.5 billion Czech crowns. This is the first time that the museum, which was founded by Kaspar Maria von Sternberg in 1818, will be completely renovated.
The 3rd annual Oslavy Prahy, or “Celebrations of Prague”, festival is underway in the Czech capital. The programme offers music and theatrical performances at various locations in Prague city centre, as well as events showcasing history, art and science. This year’s festival also marks the 800th anniversary of the Birth of St Agnes of Bohemia. Old Town Square and Petřín Hill are hosting large rock concerts. Guided tours of works of art in the National Gallery are available for free and manby of the city’s churches and famous landmarks are also open to the public free of charge or for reduced rates.
Parts of Prague city centre suffered a power cut on Wednesday afternoon due to a substation failure. For about 45 minutes beginning at 5:15 PM, electricity supply to the area of Wenceslas Square and parts of Vinohrady was cut, bringing trams to a half-hour standstill. A spokesman for the city’s energy supplier, Pražská energetika, said the problem might have been caused by hot weather.
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