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Old April 8th, 2010, 06:07 PM   #61
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Beautiful Prague. Great pics mate
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Old April 8th, 2010, 06:21 PM   #62
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Gem of Eastern Europe.
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Old April 8th, 2010, 08:12 PM   #63
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Great pics and good knowledge of Prague as always.

Though two little corrections:
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The New Town City Hall on Charles Square. The huuuuge Charles square was built by Charles IV., Bohemian king and German emperor.
Charles IV. wasn't German emperor but Holy Roman Emperor.

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I'm not sure, but I think that's the former building of the parliament. Today seat of Radio Free Europe
It used to be Czechoslovak federal parliament and grain stock market during the First republic. Radio Free Europe is at the new building in the broader city centre now, this building now belongs to the National museum.
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Old April 8th, 2010, 10:13 PM   #64
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The biggest part of the train station is below the visible buildings, and the main entrance is below this street. Strange:




The entire train station is run-down and dirty, but could be a wonderful place:

They're going to fix it. In fact, they've been working on the platforms and underground part for several years - and these parts have been improved tremendously. They should be done this year. The reconstruction of the art-nouveau building (including the cafe Fanta) will start after that, and should be completed in three years or so.
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Old April 8th, 2010, 11:19 PM   #65
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Amazing. Definitely one of the great urban masterpieces.
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Old April 9th, 2010, 01:02 PM   #66
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We will now visit my favorite part of the city, the lesser quarter (Mala Strana/Kleinseite). It's much more cosy and small-town than the more metropolitan Old Town (Stare Mesto). We start at the Strahov monastery, located at the northwestern corner of the lesser quarter.

Part of the old town wall. The adjacent town gate called Reichstor (empire gate, because it led to the west were the center of the HRE was) doesn't exist anymore:




Portal of Strachov monastery from 1742, by Quittainer:




St. Rochus chapel, close to the portal. The chapel was built in the early 17th century during Rudolf II. reign:

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Minster of Strachov from the 17th century:






Sadly the church was closed, I could only take this pic. The interior is from the 18th century and was created by Italians, Czechs and Germans. I think many Central Europeans would love to visit this church, since imperial field marshal Gottfried Heinrich von Pappenheim is buried here ("we know our fellow Pappenheims"):

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Down to Loreto square:






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Old April 9th, 2010, 01:22 PM   #69
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Prague without tourists:






Now Loreto square. Sadly I forgot to take pics of the houses:

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Beautiful:




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Now the huge Cernin palace with a 150m long front. Built in 1669 for count Cernin of Chudenice, imperial ambassador in Venice, entirely by Italians. Later Kanka and Reiner altered the building. Today it houses the Czech foreign office:

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Now the Loreto chapel:

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The facade was designed by both Dientzenhofers:





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The huge emblem shows the combined coat of arms of count Lobkowitz, duke of Sagan, and his wife, who donated the facade:




In the center of the complex the Casa Santa, by Giovanni Battista Orsi from Como:



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Inside the Casa Santa:





Sadly I couldn't take a pic of the beautiful inside of the church behind the Casa Santa:

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The cloister is decorated with paintings of other places of pilgrimage. Some German inscriptions were later repainted over in Czech:




A painting of Heiligenblut in Bavaria:




Again from the outside:



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Let's move on. Next to Loreto square is a small quarter called "new world" (Novy Svet/Neue Welt), which forms the most northwestern part of Pragues old town. It is as lovely and romantic as the famous golden alleyway (Zlata ulicka/Goldenes Gässchen), but without tourists and doesn't cost any money. The better deal if you ask me.





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Johannes Kepler lived in this quarter, but I didn't see a plaque or somehow missed the house:





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This should be St. Nepomuk, today the church of the Czech army. Sadly closed too:



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Opposite the church the embassy of Austria. That's so sad. Once they owned it all, and all they own now is this little palace...:



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