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Old April 7th, 2010, 04:17 PM   #41
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Old April 7th, 2010, 04:18 PM   #42
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Now back to the national theatre:



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Old April 7th, 2010, 04:26 PM   #43
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On our way we pass St. Mary Major, which gets completely ignored by tourists:




St. Mary Major was planned to become bigger than St. Vitus, but only the sanctuary was built. The high altar is the biggest of Prague, and insurgents of the first defenestration came from this church:




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House of the Adria insurance, very impressive:




Inside the house:

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To the right St. Mary Major, to the left Wenceslas square:



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St. Ursula(?), by Marc Antonio Carnevale. Sadly closed. In the background the ntional theatre:



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Old April 7th, 2010, 04:35 PM   #47
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The theatre:




View towards Smichov, which we will visit now:

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Beautiful! Especially the art-nouveau.
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Now Smichow, the quarter to the south of the lesser quarter (Kleinseite/Mala Strana):





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Cyril and Methodius Cathedral by K.I. Dientzenhofer, the hiding place of the Czechs and Slovaks who had assassinated Reinhard Heydrich:








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Old April 7th, 2010, 05:11 PM   #55
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Karasek:

It seems you are going to make a complex photogallery of Prague, almost street by street. Are we suppose to look forward to see some pics from more off and off the beaten track?
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It seems you are going to make a complex photogallery of Prague, almost street by street. Are we suppose to look forward to see some pics from more off and off the beaten track?
Yes, this will be a pretty huge gallery, but don't expect to see the outskirts of the city, or even some Commie blocks. My gallery will mostly show the old town, but the lesser known places. As you probably know, the majority of tourists just follows the kings road and has no clue about the rest. I usually stay away from the kings road (I don't even have pics of the Charles bridge!) and enjoy the quiet places.

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Here are a few pics of Valdstejn/Waldstein/Wallenstein Palace, the biggest and most beautiful palace of Prague. It was built between 1624 and 1630 for Albrecht von Wallenstein, imperial generalissimus, insanely rich nobleman and duke of Friedland. A entire quarter with 25 houses was demolished to built the first baroque palace of Prague, entirely designed by Italians.
The pics are somewhat inferior since I used just my pocket camera.

Seen from above. This is only a part of the palace. On the left the riding school, also part of the palace, and in the middle the huge garten (remeber the palace is in the middle of the town!). In the foreground Fürstenberg palace and the garden of the Hradschin:






View from the Wallenstein palace towards Pallfy palace:

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Courtyard of the palace:




Main hall of the palace:

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Albrecht von Wallenstein depicted as Mars (also done by Italians):




And some other rooms:



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Front of the palace, citing the Farnese palazzo:




Intimate square in front of the palace:




The lesser quarter (Mala Strana/Kleinseite) still offers some relics of the past, like these bilingual streetsigns (the lesser quarter was soemthing like the German quarter of Prague):




Better pics of the palace will follow later.
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