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Prague (Czech: Praha) is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Situated on the River Vltava in central Bohemia, Prague has been the political, cultural, and economic centre of the Czech state for over 1100 years. The city proper is home to nearly 1.2 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of over 1.9 million. Prague is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is among the most visited cities on the continent. Since 1992, the historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Nicknames for Prague have included "the mother of cities", "city of a hundred spires" and "the golden city". Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Prague has become one of Europe's (and the world's) most popular tourist destinations. It is the sixth most visited European city after London, Paris, Rome, Madrid and Berlin. Prague suffered considerably less damage during World War II than some other major cities in the region, allowing most of its historic architecture to stay true to form. It contains one of the world's most pristine and varied collections of architecture, from Art Nouveau to Baroque, Renaissance, Cubist, Gothic, Neo-Classical and ultra-modern. Some of the most known sights are Old Town with its Old Town Square, The Astronomical Clock, The picturesque Charles Bridge, New Town with its busy and historic Wenceslas Square , Prague Castle (the largest castle in the world) with its St. Vitus Cathedral and Josefov (the old Jewish quarter) with Old Jewish Cemetery and Old New Synagogue. More information about this amazing city here.

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Charles Bridge and the Castle

Charles Bridge is a famous historical bridge that cross the Vltava river. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of 15th century.

Prague Castle

The Prague Castle is the castle in Prague where the Czech kings, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic have had their offices. The Castle is the biggest ancient castle in the world.

Prague Castle

Museum Kampa

Museum Kampa is a modern art gallery showing central European (and in particular Czech) work. The museum opened in 2003 and is housed in Sova's Mills on the eastern bank of the Kampa Island on the River Vltava.

Charles Bridge

The bridge is 516 meters long and nearly 10 meter wide. The Old Town bridge tower shown on this picture is often considered to be one of the most astonishing civil gothic-style buildings in the world.

Charles Bridge

View toward the Castel and Saint Vitus Cathedral.

Charles Bridge and the Castle

Charles Bridge and the Castle by night.

Charles Bridge

An early Sunday morning at Charles Bridge (06:30 AM)

17th-Century Crucifixion

For 200 years, this wooden crucifix stood alone on the Charles bridge.

Organ grinder

Organ grinder at Charles Bridge.

Charles Bridge and the Castle

Just Amazing!

Old Town

Old Town is the original place of settlement of Prague. Notable places in the Old Town include the Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock (left in the picture).

Old Town Square

Astronomical clock to left in the picture.

Old Town Square

Old Town Square

The Church of Our Lady in front of Tyne is a dominant feature of the Old Town district of Prague, and the main church of this part of the city since the 14th century. Towers of church are 80m high and topped by four small spires.

Church of Our Lady

The Church of Our Lady in front of Tyne.

Old Town Square

Old Town Square

Easter time at Old Town Square.

The Church of Our Lady

The Church of Our Lady in front of Tyne is a dominant feature of the Old Town district of Prague, and the main church of this part of the city since the 14th century.

Prague Castle

Castle

Great view of the beautiful Castle from the Charles bridge.

Saint Vitus's Cathedral

This is a Roman Catholic cathedral and the seat of the Archbishop in Prague. Work began in 1344 and was not completed before 600 years later!

Saint Vitus's Cathedral

Saint Vitus's Cathedral

Saint Vitus's Cathedral at night.

Old Jewish Cemetery

The Neo-Romanesque Cermonial Hall in front of the Jewish Cementery in Old Town. It was in use from the early 15th century until 1787. The numbers of grave stones and numbers of people buried there are not sure but it has been estimatd that there are approximately 12000 graves.

Nostalgic tram no. 91

The "nostalgic tram" no. 91 runs through the city centre.

Kampa Island

Kampa, an island formed by a branch of the Vltava known as the Devil's Stream, is a delightfully peaceful corner of the little Quarter.

Kampa Island

Kampa Island

Kampa Island

The Grand Priory Mill has had its wheel meticulously restored, though it now turns very slowly in the sluggish water.

Royal Gardens

Royal Gardens

Royal Gardens.

Sain Vitus's Cathedral behind the trees.

Kampa Islands

Wenceslas Square - National Museum

The upper part of Wenceslas Square at night, looking towards the National Museum. Wenceslas Square is one of the main city square and the centre of the business and cultural communities in the new Town of Prague.

Church of St. Nicholas

The Church of St Nicolas divides and dominates the two sections of Little Quarter Square. Building began in 1703, and the last touches were put to the glorious frescoed nave in 1761.

Church of St. Nicholas

Interior

Church of St. Nicholas

Interior

Church of St. Nicholas

Interior

Charles Bridge

The Dancing House

The Dancing House is the nickname (another is "Drunk House") given to this office building in downtown. The construction started in 1994 and was finished in 1996.

Charles Bridge

View from Letna Park

Great view from Letna Park. Charles bridge is the second bridge.

Schwarzenberg Palace

National Theatre

Hotel Europa

This hotel is a wonderfully preserved reminder of the golden age of hotels. It was built between 1903 and 1906.

Hotel Europa

Municipal House

Prague's most prominent Art Nouveau bilding stands on the site of the former Royal Court palace, the King's residence between 1383 and 1485.

City of a hundred spires

One of the nicknames for Prague is "city of a hundred spires". I you open the pictures (click on it) you will understand why!

Vltava

View toward Charles Bridge

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