Travel to Prague

Day 1 Barcelona - Prague (Stare Mesto (Old town))

Prague


 

Prague: We landed at noon at the airport in Prague and decided to go to the city by public transport. In the airport there is an information office where you also can buy the tickets. The cheapest is to go first by bus and then metro (line 100 to the metro station of Zlicín or bus number 119 to Dejvická metro station). For the location of our hotel we chose the second option.

Powder Tower
Powder Tower (Prasna brana)

We started visiting the city from Wenceslas Square and we move into the old town (Stare Mesto). The Old Town was the first settlement of the city of Prague, approximately in the ninth century. This area located on the right bank of the Vltava river, still holds medieval features. The Republic Square includes two historical monuments: the Municipal House (Obecní dum) and the Powder Tower.

Tyn
Church of Our Lady Before Tyn

The Powder Tower (Prasna brane) marks the beginning of the "Royal Route", the route that leads from downtown to the Prague Castle. Although restored, it is the only one left standing of the 13 defensive towers that originally had the fortified walls of Prague in the thirteenth century. From the Powder Tower, following the Celetna street (which highlights some baroque facades), we got to the Old Town Square.

Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti)
Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti)

Certainly what stands in the Old Town Square are the towers 80 meters high from the Church of Our Lady of Tyn. Its facade is hidden behind some buildings in the square. It is accessed through a tunnel of one of these buildings. This Gothic church was built in 1256 over the old Romanesque church. In its interior is the tomb of Tycho Brahe (Danish astronomer) and a Rococo altar located in the north area.

Old Town Square
Old Town Square - Jan Hus statue

The Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti) is the heart of Prague´s Old Town, and place of historical events such as the beheading of 27 representatives from the Habsburgs, the declaration of victory for workers and where Vaclav Havel announced the arrival of democracy. In the middle of the square stands the giant statue of Jan Hus, which commemorates the death of Hus, burned alive at the stake on July 6, 1415 to promote and defend their Christian movement.

Old Town Hall Tower
Old Town Hall Tower

One of the symbols of the city is the Astronomical Clock (Orloj) that is located in the Gothic tower of Old City Hall. It was built in 1410. Generations of clockmakers have been commissioned over the years for the smooth running of this stunning medieval clock. In the higher sphere is the Astronomical Clock, which displays the time and position of the Sun, Moon and Venus. Every hour on the hour, between 9:00 and 21:00, each time the clock strikes the hour, the skeleton of death located from the upper right pull the rope and tolls the bell. Then in two windows appear on the statues of the 12 Apostles with St. Peter at the head.

Astronomical clock (Orloj)
Astronomical clock(Orloj)

On both sides of the clock are represented the figures of a skeleton, a Turkish, greed and vanity. After the parade of all the apostles sings the Rooster and the tower clock begins to mark the hours. The clock shows 3 types of different hours from European, in Roman numerals, the Bohemian (or Czech), that by this time the day begins with sunset is marked with curly golden Gothic numbers within a sphere and finally Babylonian time, represented in Arabic numerals on the inside of the clock. According to her the day lasts from sunrise to sunset and that in summer the hours are longer in winter. Prague Clock is unique in the world who knows measure this time. In the lower sphere is a calendar that indicated signs of the zodiac and farming activities of each month of the year.

Old Town Square
Old Town Square

You can also climb the tower of Old City Hall. From there you can see from above the mass of tourists and all the Old Town Square with Tyn at front. The square is surrounded by many restaurants and bars where you can have a beer. There are also various stalls that prepare food, craft shops, etc.


 

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