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Old May 12th, 2010, 11:48 AM   #161
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We follow the tourists hordes on the narrow kings road (that's why the pics aren't that good).
Portal of the Clam-Gallas palace. The Clam-Gallas owned large estates in Northern Bohemia, like the region around Liberec or parts of the Jizera Mountains. In 1945 they were expropriated and fled to Austria:

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Old May 12th, 2010, 11:54 AM   #162
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Although the palace is on the kings road almost no tourist visits this nice baroque staircase by Fischer von Erlach:





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Old May 12th, 2010, 11:55 AM   #163
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Old May 12th, 2010, 11:56 AM   #164
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German water gauge (sorry):



Again Clam-Gallas palace:

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Old May 16th, 2010, 11:46 AM   #165
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is there anyother european capital city which keept its historical flair?
is there anyother european capital city which has the same amount of original buildings?
i don't think so! Praque is truely beautifull
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Old May 16th, 2010, 06:22 PM   #166
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Fantastic Praha! Very very beautifull.

to Karasek Thank you for images. Please make more. I also interesting to see transport.
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Old May 16th, 2010, 07:57 PM   #167
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I'm surprised not to see many comments. This thread really deserves more appreciation. Great job Karasek. Please keep up the good work. Outstanding photography of an outstanding city.
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Old May 16th, 2010, 11:51 PM   #168
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I agree. These pictures are simply beautiful and very artistic. Thanks very much for this wonderful thread!
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Old May 20th, 2010, 10:43 PM   #169
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excellent job Karasek. Prague is so perfect.
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Old May 20th, 2010, 11:26 PM   #170
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OK, I know this is almost a cliche, but I have to say it: Prague is AMAZING!

When I think that nothing more of Prague can surprise me, I see new pics of the city and I get even more impressed with it!

Karasek... I always try to see your threads, they are great... The places you take pictures are really interesting and beautiful...

Thanks for sharing these pics!
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Old May 21st, 2010, 01:22 PM   #171
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Karasek have also good knowledge about Prague architectural history, reading his comments. Karasek is Czech name btw, quite rare for German .
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Old May 21st, 2010, 04:25 PM   #172
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I went to Praha last weekend!
It's the most beautiful city I have ever been to (especially the Old Town Square)!
I even saw a fireworks at the "Charles Bridge" because of the "Prague Spring International Music Festival".
Amazing!
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Old May 21st, 2010, 04:51 PM   #173
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Karasek have also good knowledge about Prague architectural history, reading his comments. Karasek is Czech name btw, quite rare for German .
It's the name of Upper Lusatias most famous (and popular) robber, who was a Czech from Prague. He deserted from the Austrian army during the 18th century and hid in the borderland.
http://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Kar%C3%A1sek


Anyway, some more pics.
In the background St. Salvator. The round chapel in front was built for the growing Italian community. In German, and probably in Czech too, all Latin people were called "Welsche" back then, the name of the chapel is therefore Welsh chapel. The church to the right is St. Clement. Pragues first coffee was sold in the red house by some Armenians or Syrians in 1710:




The side streets are pretty quiet. The small hotel is cute:

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Old May 21st, 2010, 04:56 PM   #174
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This should be the house to the golden fountain, where the papal nuncio, who influenced the Catholic parts of the Bohemian nobility, lived on the eve of the Thirty Years War:



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Old May 21st, 2010, 05:00 PM   #175
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Portal of Pötting palace:




Coat of arms of Franz Karl von Blumenerde and his wife Susan Marie of Žerotín:

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Old May 21st, 2010, 05:04 PM   #176
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Kepler lived here:




A courtyard. Here you can see that, behind the baroque front, the houses are much older. A Renaissance patio:

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Old May 21st, 2010, 05:11 PM   #177
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Portal of Colloredo-Mansfeld palace, directly on the bridge head of the Charles bridge and opposite St. Salvator. The coat of arms were made by A. Braun. The palace is the place were the last meeting of the privy council in the presence of the winter king took place, after he lost the battle of white mountain:

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Old May 21st, 2010, 05:23 PM   #178
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Now the... ahhm... I don't know if the translation is correct... the square of the knights of the cross, in theory Pragues most beautiful square. Sadly a busy road and the tourist hordes of the kings road cross this beautiful square, which totally ruins any atmosphere:




Church of the knights of the cross, sadly a bit blurry. The tourist hordes ignore the church:

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Old May 21st, 2010, 08:53 PM   #179
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by far one of the most beautiful cities in Europe
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Old May 22nd, 2010, 05:58 PM   #180
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Very nice city, I like the fact that it is mostly build in one consistend style, like in paris. I am cetrainly going to visit it.
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