Prague is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vlatva river, the city is home to about 1.3 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of over 2.3 million.
This magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes, has been mirrored in the surface of the swan-filled Vltava River for more than ten centuries. Almost undamaged by WWII, most of its historical buildings have been preserved and is one of the world’s most pristine and varied collections of architecture. Prague's compact medieval centre remains a wonderful mixture of cobbled lanes, walled courtyards, cathedrals and countless church spires all in the shadow of her majestic 9th century castle that looks eastward as the sun sets behind her.
Prague is also a modern and vibrant city full of energy, music, cultural art, fine dining and special events catering to the independent traveler’s thirst for adventure. Prague boasts more than ten major museums, along with countless theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. In 1992, its historic centre was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Its rich history makes it a popular tourist destination, and the city receives more than 4.1 million international visitors annually.
The Jewish Quarter
Area Attractions and Landmarks:
- Astronomical Clock
- Charles Bridge
- Old Town Square
- Jewish Quarter
- Lennon Wall
- Prague Castle
- Wenceslas Square
- Petřín hill
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The Prague Castle:
The Prague Castle is a national cultural monument, the biggest ancient castle in the world and is the symbol of more than millennial development of the Czech state. Since its foundation in the last quarter of the 9th century it has been developed throughout the past eleven centuries. It is a monumental complex representing all architectural styles and periods, surrounding three castle courtyards and covering 45 hectares. It originally served as the residence of princes and kings of Bohemia, and since 1918 is the seat of the president. The castle rises above the city offering beautiful views of the areas below. Also on site is the St. Vitus Cathedral with its lookout tower, the Castle Picture Gallery, several palaces and museums and the beautiful Royal Garden, among others.
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Old Town Square:
Old Town Square is Prague's historic centre and includes numerous historic buildings and monuments, most notably the famed Astronomical Clock (Orloj), the pure Gothic Týn Church, the mural-covered Storch building, and the Jan Hus monument. Nearby, the Estate Theatre is a neoclassical theatre where Mozart's opera Don Giovanni was first performed. Old Town features many historical churches (St. James Church, Church of Our Lady before Týn among others) and some other interesting historical buildings like the Old Town Hall.
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Charles Bridge connects Old Town with Lesser Town. Its construction started in the 14th century and it is one of Prague's most beautiful structures. During the day, it is a bustling place of trade and entertainment, as musicians busk and artists sell their paintings and jewelry.
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