Prague : Marvel At Czech Architecture In the City of a Hundred Spires

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The city of Prague is often ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and is a hub of tourism for visitors to the Czech Republic. It's unique Gothic architecture is unrivaled within Europe and makes for the perfect weekend getaway. Prague has been crowned with a number of titles, including the Golden City and the City of Towers, which is characterized by the abundance of unique towers and historical buildings, which brings flocks of travelers every day.

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1. Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square is located in the heart of the new city of Prague, a lively area with hotels, restaurants, and shops. The main tourist attraction in the Czech Republic is the center of entertainment and nightlife, and the main public squares of Prague located a short distance from the old city square. The square has many of the city's historical sights and is a short walk from many of Prague's other sights and attractions. Wenceslas Square was first famous for being a horse market that has a history of 650 years and occupies a vast area of 45,000 square meters. Located at the top of the square is the National Historical Memorial Museum, to the left of which is the Opera House Hall, which offers 300 performances annually. The site is also used each year as one of Prague's Chirstmas markets, a must-see for anyone visiting over the festive period.

2. Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge, crossing the Vltava River is an unmissable spot when visiting the Czech capital. It was built in the mid-14th century and opened at the beginning of the 15th century and was the only way to cross the Vltava river until 1841. The bridge is 621 meters long and 10 meters wide. It is located above 16 arcades and includes 3 towers and many sculptures. The bridge is a tourist attraction in Czech Prague and is currently connected between Prague's two banks, with the Old Town on the right and Lyser Brago on the left.

3. Prague Castle

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Prague Castle was founded in the late 9th century and is the largest castle complex in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. The castle, which is currently the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic, was once the seat of power for the Bohemian kings, the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, and the Presidents of Czechoslovakia. The complex as a whole has been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites and consists of a wide variety of palaces and churches of various architectural styles in the area.

4. Petrin Hill & Observation Tower

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The Petrin Hill & Observation Tower was built in 1891 as a miniature model of Paris' Eiffel Tower. The tower is located in the park of Petrin Hill, built of steel iron, to be used as a monitoring and transmission tower, and is now a lookout point over the city. The park includes many landscaped gardens, which include a large rose garden, making it a suitable place for year-round picnics.

5. Prague Zoo

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Prague Zoo has been opened in the Troja region of Prague since 1931 to host animals, protect wildlife and educate the public. The park occupies an area of 58 hectares, mostly used for animal shows and has about 650 species, one of the best zoos worldwide. The park has greatly contributed to the rescue of Brezwalsky horses and, for many years, has been the world's leading breeder. The Prague Zoo has 4,200 animals, 20% of which are on the list of endangered animals, and includes many unique and popular activities.

6. Old Town Square

Old Town Square is a historic square in Prague's Old Town, located between Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge. The square includes many different styles of architecture, mainly Gothic, Baroque, and Amran Renaissance style, along with including a number of churches and monuments. The square is used for festivals and official events to establish markets that resemble medieval markets, decorated in beautiful colors, and a platform for musical performances. In the center of the square is the statue of Jean Hoss, who was burned to death because of his religious beliefs in the city of Constance, whose execution led to the Bohemian War. The square includes the Gothic Church of the Virgin, the Astronomical Clock, the Baroque Nicholas Church, the Kinski Palace, which became an art museum, as well as cafes and shops.

7. Lennon Wall

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Lennon Wall in Prague has been turned into a painting inspired by Beatles' famous songs three decades ago. The wall is located in Mala Strana and belongs to the Order of Malta, who allowed the writing. It became a symbol of love and peace in the city, with many fans of the popular band visiting the city to pay their respects.

8. Dancing House

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Dancing House, or Fred and Ginger, is the common name of the Nederlanden National Building, located opposite the Rachinovo dam in Prague. It was opened in 1996 and is considered a tourist attraction in Czech Prague. The most striking feature of the building is its unconventional and controversial design, which is located amidst a mixture of Baroque and Gothic buildings and new art. It was named Fred and Ginger, after the famous dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, but later the idea was abandoned, as it was thought that the name would sound tacky. The building is currently used for offices and restaurants and includes a hotel. It's also printed on the year 2000 Czech coins in a series featuring ten centuries of architecture.

9. Prague Astronomical Clock

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The Prague Astronomical Clock is one of the most famous and most visited Czech tourist attractions in the heart of historical Prague. The date of the astronomical clock was founded on the southern wall of Prague's Old Town Hall in the Middle Ages. It is now the third oldest clock of its kind in the world, and the oldest astronomical hour is still operating to this day. The work of the astronomical clock, its indicators, its rings, its bells, and the movements of its statues and sculptures are controlled by the original ironwork inside.

10. St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic capital of Prague, the most famous Baroque church in Prague and the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. The church is located inside Prague Castle, first built in 1755 and replaced by the Gothic parish church dating back to the 13th century.

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Prague is a picturesque city that has some of the most unique buildings and architecture in the world, often surprising visitors with its stunning city view. Even more, food and beer is cheaper than most places in western Europe, making Prague a great option for those trying to keep to a budget.

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