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Out And About In Prague
It's the City of Thousand Spires; it's Pearl of Europe; it's your "Golden City" in Czech Republic. Prague is your destination for gothic museums, art galleries, lavish parks, endearing cathedrals, markets, theatres, and much more. It is a mesmeric city that is a very popular destination for holidaymakers.

The Czech capital is one of the most beautiful cities of world widely known for its beautiful old buildings, murals, and the most pristine architectures ranging from Art Nouveau to Baroque, Renaissance, Cubist, Gothic, Neo-Classical, And Ultra-Modern.

The Gothic structural designs and extravagant carvings delineate the well-known 'Charles Bridge' that arches over the river Vltava linking Prague's Lesser Quarter to the Old Town. It was built by Roman Emperor and Czech King, Charles IV in 1357. This two-story bridge tower is lavishly beautified with sculpts of Charles, his Son Wenceslas and lots of other spiritual scenes.

The National Theatre is a Neo-Renaissance building of 1868-81, which is known as the Alma Mater of Czech Opera, and as the national repository of Czech olden times and sculpture. The National Theatre is clearly visible from the castle and from the Charles Bridge. Schwarzenberg Palace is a Renaissance building, which was constructed between 1545– 76. The beautiful edifice designed in northern Italian style by the Italian architect Agostino Galli. The frontage and the gables are covered with Grafitis. The palace also houses the Military history Museum.

Church of St. Nicholas, Mala Strana is the most splendid Baroque church in Europe. It was established by Dientzenhofen from 1704 to 1755. Its southern wall is adorned with Saints figures. Its most distinguished ornament is its central arena on its exterior that together with the belltower makes a delightful view.

The Powder Gate, one of the 13 original fortified entry points into the Old Town, is the tower standing isolated among the 20th century buildings and the art nouveau Obecni Dum. Its interior was partially designed by Alphons Mucha. The Tower belongs to the 13th century, and receives its name in the 17th century. The present gothic look of the tower belongs to the 19th century.

Wenceslas Square, often called Vaclavske Namesti, was originally a Horse Market that is lined with fine hotels, restaurants and specialty shops. This rectangular-shaped Wenceslas Square is the chief business/commercial area of the city.

Golden Lane, a narrow street situated inside the castle complex, is place to see small, vibrant, stooped cottages that were constructed into the castle wall. This more picturesque avenue is named after the gold-workers who lived here in the 17th century. Presently, the cottages are crammed with shops for tourists.

On the castle side of the river, Petrin Hill is a green oasis that links together eight different parks. It is 318 meters high and ideal for nice long walks and stunning views of the city. This excited place is interlaced with several admirable attractions including the Observation Tower, the Mirror Maze and the Hunger Wall.

The Mucha Museum, situated on the ground level of Baroque Kaunicky Palace, exposes the most celebrated artworks of Alphonse Mucha comprising lithograph-posters, charcoal drawings, pastels, oil paintings and artistic works. The shop in the museum offer books about Alphonse Mucha and posters, postcards, photos, calendars, glass, jewelry, hand painted silk scarves.

The Art Master Gallery is located in the heart of the city. It is a home to vast collection by leading artistes from Ukraine, Georgia, Russia and Armenia and specializes in East European Art. The gallery also hosts events, auctions and exhibitions periodically that comprise the works of forthcoming artists.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Prague hotels.
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