Today on Sunday Snapshots I’m taking you on a mini tour of Prague. Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Every corner you turn, building you look up at, side walk or street you walk down has an intriguing detail. When I go for a walk around Prague I like to imagine all the history that happened in the places I am seeing. I imagine what it was like during different periods of time, what were peoples lives like. It is easy to get lost and caught up in both the history and the beauty of this golden city.
The first photo you see is the top of The Church of Mother of God before Týn (also know as Tyn Church) it is located in Prague’s Old Town Square. The church is Gothic style and construction began in the 14th century.
This collage is of the Jan Hus Memorial, also located in Prague’s Old Town Square. It dates back to 1915, in the center of the memorial is Jan Hus, a religious reformer whom was burnt at the stake for heresy against the doctrines of the Catholic Church. Around him are depicted the Hussite warriors and Protestants who were forced to leave the land by the church. (To know more about him read about the Hussite Wars.) “The inscriptions on the Jan Hus Monument were added after the independent republic Czechoslovakia was founded in 1918. It reads: “Love each other and wish the truth to everyone” (Jan Hus´s words)”
Street view, the green steeples are part of the St. Nicholas Church.
This door belongs to the St. Nicholas Church, which is at the edge of Old Town Square. It was completed in 1735. I crammed myself into a tight space to get this shot. Though it was difficult because I couldn’t capture it whole.
Close up detail of the doorway. Times were different in the 1700s and builders paid more attention to details. Beautiful isn’t it?
Chandelier inside the St. Nicholas Church. Besides church services, classical music concerts are also held here.
One of the many beautiful windows inside.
A view up. This photo doesn’t do it justice, you just have to see it in person to really take it all in. I could have laid on the ground and starred up for hours. But it’s a church and that wouldn’t be allowed, unfortunately.
One of many hidden passages.
If you are a fan of Art Deco and Art Nouveau, then Prague is a city for you. This is one of the many decorative building details you’ll find.
And if all the walking makes you hungry, you can stop for a sweet break and coffee.
Don’t only look up at buildings, remember to look down at the cobblestone streets. I wonder how many times Mozart and Franz Kafka walked down this one?
Speaking of Mozart, this theater is called Stavovské divadlo or Estates Theatre. This historic theatre was opened in 1783. In this very theatre is where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, himself, directed the world premiere of Don Giovanni in 1787.
Theatre in Prague is very affordable, so if you visit you must make it a priority to see an opera or ballet here. We’ve seen Don Giovanni, and I can’t tell you how exhilarating it was to sit in the very theater where it premiered to the world and where Mozart stood. Very cool.
This faceless sculpture sits outside of the Estates Theatre.
This is the plague on the statute.
I love it. It is so spooky.
Happy Sunday everyone. I hope you’ve enjoyed this mini tour of Prague, and I can’t wait to take you on another. Please come back tomorrow, we have a special guest joining us and she is sharing a spicy treat! Have a great day.