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Old April 10th, 2010, 06:23 PM   #101
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PS: the grotto was a real bath! Extravagant.




That's just 1/3 of the garden, with the riding school in the background. If you remember that he leveled an entire quarter of the town for a garden you begin to understand how powerful he was:

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Old April 10th, 2010, 06:25 PM   #102
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We leave the palace and walk in the direction of the lesser town market square:





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Old April 10th, 2010, 06:28 PM   #103
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Church with double-headed eagle of the HRE:



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Old April 10th, 2010, 06:29 PM   #104
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Towards St. Nikolas:




Mass tourism on the Charles bridge:

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Old April 10th, 2010, 06:33 PM   #105
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Market square of the lesser side (Malostranske namesti/Kleinseiter Ring):





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Old April 10th, 2010, 06:46 PM   #106
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The market square is actually divided into two parts. We have seen the lower part, and this is the upper part.




On the left Liechtenstein palace with a neo-classical front from 1791, named after Karl of Liechtenstein, a staunch Moravian catholic during the Bohemian revolt and thus soon quite wealthy. In the middle the plague column from 1715. The lower part of the square had a monument too, a statue of Austrian marshal Radetzky. Thankfully not destroyed but in the lapidarium now, but I don't think he will ever come back... kind of sad if you ask me:



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Old April 10th, 2010, 06:56 PM   #107
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St. Nikolas, which we will visit now:




This church is probably the most important baroque church of Prague, built by three of the most important architects of that era. The nave was built by Christoph Dientzenhofer, who was still very much influenced by the conservative constructional traditions of his Bavarian home. His son, who defined Bohemian baroque probably like no one else, built the apse and the cupola, and Anselmo Lurago the bell tower




Ceiling fresco (1760) by Johann Lukas Kracker:

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Rococo pulpit (1765) by Richard and Peter Prachner:




The splendid figures of the high altar by I.F. Platzer:

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Organ from 1745 (Thomas Schwarz):

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Old April 10th, 2010, 07:05 PM   #110
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BTW: although most tourists on the kings road pass this church most of them are to ignorant to go inside, so it's not as crowded as one could think:

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More later.
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Old April 10th, 2010, 08:35 PM   #112
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Thanks for sharing.

Your photos bring back sweet memories of my visit to Prague in 2008.

I was in Prague for 10 days. Loved every bits and pieces of this beautiful city.
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Old April 10th, 2010, 09:17 PM   #113
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Thanks for pics of the interior of St Nicholas in the Lesser Quarter. I've visited and really loved it.
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Old April 11th, 2010, 11:36 AM   #114
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Very nice those new photos from Prague
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Forgot some pics. First 3 inside shots of Strahovs two libraries, which is quite unique and shows the importance of the monastery. First the philosophical library. The bookcases by Jan Lachhofer are from Louka (Brück) monastery in Moravia, the ceiling fresco was done by Franz Anton Maulbertsch. The barrel vault of the theological laibrary was done by Orsi de Orsini, the painting by a monk(!) called Siard Nosecky:








And two nice pics of the Waldstein palace again:



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Since I didn't want to follow the tourist hordes back to Strahov I chose the parallel street:



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Now my favorite part of the lesser quarter. Just a few steps beside the market square of the lesser side, but almost all tourists are gone. Wonderful!



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Lovely, great new photos from Prague
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In this part many old street signs with Czech and Germn names were restored. Thank you:

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In this part below the German embassy you can still imagine how Prague looked during Austro-Hungarian times:





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