Prague , Praha , Prag, Прага

Prague at night

Once in a while I have the time to make collages .
For this one I have used three photos , that I took last summer during our Prague tour. The night panorama was the view from the last floor of the Pyramida hotel, situated above Prague castle. On the left, you can see the domes of the famous St.Vitus cathedral and on the right Basilica of the Assumption, that is part of the Strahov Monastery. The other two shots are a puppet theater and the famous clock. I choose to put these three together because the colors match. Prague is a wonderful city. Especially in the evening.

We “won” a 4 days trip to Prague and we choose to go in July 2010. I have already been there ,but I wanted my husband to see it. It lays about 500 km from here, well about half a day of travel.
But the bus left in 07h in the morning and arrived in 20h…
I have been in Prague about 10 years ago. So I thought I knew what to expect.
But what I found was different and way better.
The city has done much for its tourists…

Day 1

After dropping out luggage in the hotel room, we made it just on time to catch the last sun rays over Prague’s splendor. A small walk down the empty streets of Hradcany with magnificent views over half of the town laying at our feet took us to  the square with the trams , that I remember well.

Sunset panorama of Prague from Hradcany (klick for better resolution and sharpness)

Day 2

If time allows it, I would highly reccomend you to take a boat trip on the Vltava river.The trips start under Charles’s bridge , on the Old Town side , right next to the statue of Charles IVth. Especially on a hot summer day, the freshness of the river will help you carry on through the day. Not to be missed are the sights of Prague from the perspective of water level.

Under Charles Bridge
Prague from water level (a colorful edit)
Swan taking off under Charles Bridge
The smiling man with the hurdy-gurdy / Charles Bridge
Prague from water level (retro edit)
The astronomical clock
The astronomical clock

The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working.
The Orloj (czech for “clock”) is mounted on the southern wall of Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square. The clock mechanism itself is composed of three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details; “The Walk of the Apostles”, a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures—notably a figure of Death (represented by a skeleton) striking the time; and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months.

I bet you’ve seen zillions of pics of this clock. They use them everywhere these days, but mostly for horoscopes, because of the astrological clock.

I did a triptich, to give more detail .

Every round hour, crowds are gathering under the clock, to see the figures of the saints that pop up from the two windows at the top.

A legend says, that the clockmaker Hanuš was blinded on the order of the Prague Councillors so that he could not repeat his work; in turn, he broke down the clock, and no one was able to repair it for the next hundred years.

According to local legend the city will suffer if the clock is neglected and its good operation is placed in jeopardy.

Hotel de Paris, Prague - http://www.hotel-paris.cz/en/
Hotel de Paris, Prague – http://www.hotel-paris.cz/en/
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