Top 3 Beautiful Attractions in Prague
The city of Prague lies in the heart of the Czech Republic. Nicknamed 'The City of a Hundred Spires' Prague is known for their beautiful historic figures, fairy tale atmosphere and traditional Czech music. Filled with marvelous entertainment such as museums, historical exhibits and cinemas.
Today I'd like to show you Prague's Top 3 alluring sites you have to see on your first day there along with 3 Interesting facts to go with each location!
- The Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) was founded around 880 by prince Bořivoj of the Premyslid dynasty. The first stone building in the castle area was the Church of the Virgin Mary of which only remnants can be seen today.
- Starting in the 10th century, the Prague Castle served as the seat of Czech princes and later kings, and the seat of the Prague bishop.
- The Prague Castle experienced one of its greatest periods during the reign of Charles IV (1346-1378) when it became the seat of the Holy Roman Emperor. The Royal Palace was rebuilt, the fortifications were strengthened, and the construction of St. Vitus Cathedral was initiated, following the style of Gothic French cathedrals of the time.
- Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Lesser Town (Malá Strana). It was actually called the Stone Bridge (Kamenný most) during its first several centuries. Its construction was commissioned by Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and began in 1357.It is said that egg yolks were mixed into the mortar to strengthen the construction of the bridge.
- Baroque statues are placed along either side of Charles Bridge in the 17th century. Now many of them are copies and the originals can be seen in the Lapidarium Museum . The most popular statue is probably the one of St. John of Nepomuk, touching the statue is supposed to bring good luck and ensure your return to Prague.
- The Charles Bridge is on the top of every Prague visitor's must-see list. It is also popular with Czech artists, musicians and souvenir vendors whose stands line both sides of the bridge year-round. If you want to have it all to yourself, go there at night or very early in the morning.
Old Town Square
- Old Town Square, the oldest and historically most significant square in Prague, is according to many people one of the most beautiful European squares. Not only was it the venue of numerous dramatic historical events, but it is incredibly beautiful and charming.
- In 1422 an uprising took place after Jan Želivský, a significant figure of the Hussite Reformation, was executed. In 1621, one of the most tragic events of the Czech uprising of the estates happened at the Old Town Square. As many as 27 leaders of the uprising were collectively executed, marking the tragic end of the liberation efforts.
- The Old Town of Prague is the most visited places in Czech Republic. The Square is also a venue for numerous occasional and regular events, such as Christmas fairs or exceptional public broadcasts of significant sports matches. Nevertheless, it is above all the many amazing historical sights that attract millions of tourists to the Old Town Square every year.