Construction works on a long-delayed Metro line are set to begin soon. A planned new north-south link of the Prague metro, the so-called D route, will be launched at Pankrác station, outside the Arkády shopping mall, the head of the Prague Transport Company Martin Gillár announced on Wednesday. This is where the tunnel boring machines will be brought under the ground.
Several dozen people joined in a March for Science through the centre of Prague on Saturday. The Prague event was a protest against the trend of politicizing scientific research such as in the case of global warming or genetic engineering. The march from Prague’s Wenceslas Square to Narodní trída, where the Czech Academy of Sciences is located, was followed by a lecture on the challenges and problems faced by scientists in the present day. Marches for science took place in a number of European capitals on Saturday.
The average temperature in Prague has grown by approximately ten degrees Celsius since 1960 the news site Lidovky.cz reports, citing statistics published by the Prague City Council. The council is debating a long-term strategy to fight climate change in the Czech capital. The measures to be adopted include more greenery, more community gardens and garden colonies in the suburbs as well as the use of materials that would deflect heat rather than absorbing it. There are concerns that the rise in average temperatures is having a negative effect on the health of seniors and chronically ill people and causing more accidents on the roads.
The number of passengers passing through Prague’s Václav Havel Airport increased by around 19 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year, the airport announced in a press release on Thursday. Among the main factors behind the increase are new routes introduced this year as well as increased capacity on the existing lines. In total, the airport handled 2.7 passengers in the quarter between January and March of 2017.
Average prices demanded for new flats in the capital Prague have risen by 21.2 percent in February compared with the situation a year earlier, according to a survey by the consultancy Deloitte. The average price per square meter has climbed to 88,500 crowns amid a severe shortage of new built flats. The offer of new flats has fallen by 40 percent over the last two years. Prices for new flats are estimated to have climbed by around a third since 2014.
Demolition work started on a historic building on the corner of Wenceslas Square and Opletalová street at the weekend despite protests from conservationists and members of the public. UK property developer Flow East plans to replace it with a modern glass building. The demolition order was preceded by years of controversy over the building’s fate. Conservationists argued that the structurally sound building completed in 1880 and revamped in the 1920s had valuable architectural elements and should be preserved. Flow East countered that the changes made in 1920 had robbed it of its historic value. Although the building does not have historic site status the Culture Ministry and Prague City Hall made several attempts to prevent its demolition.
Prague’s famous 15th century astronomical clock, known as Orloj, is one of the oldest and most elaborate clocks ever built and one of the city’s best-known landmarks. Its main attraction is the procession of twelve wood-carved saints – St. Paul and eleven apostles - who come out on the hour. This spectacle is watched and recorded by approximately 700,000 tourists every year. However a major reconstruction of the tower and clock, which is just getting underway, will mean that tourists will have to forego this particular attraction for more than half
The District Court for Prague 1 has ruled that the famous Slav Epic cycle of paintings by Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha belongs to the City of Prague, rejecting a claim by the painter’s grandson John Mucha. His legal representation had argued that the City of Prague had broken the terms of a 1928 agreement under which the artist donated the paintings. The terms had called for the city to find a permanent site for their exhibition. The city argued the cycle of paintings had no longer been owned by the painter but by American businessman Charles Crane. Friday’s ruling can be appealed.
Reconstruction of the historical Old Town Hall in the centre of Prague gets underway on Thursday. The Old Town Clock Tower, which attracts over 700,000 visitors a year, will be closed to the public as of the start of May. The reconstruction of the historical Astronomical Clock, one of Prague’s major tourist attractions, will follow in 2018. The clock will be out of order for several months. In the meantime, a projection of the clock will be offered on the covered scaffolding. The renovation works are expected to cost some 46 million crowns.
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