Prague Sights and museums

Visit the cubist Bauer’s villa in a picturesque village of Libodrice, District of Kolin, Central Bohemian Region. In 1912 – 14 a prominent architect Josef Gocar built a family house in cubist style for Adolf Bauer, the tenant and later the owner of the local large estate. Cubism, a new modern style at that time, is very unusual in rural environment. Cubist forms are displayed particularly on decorative star-shaped window and door edging as well as in the skewed form of the main cornice. Spatial arrangement of the house is more traditional, although we can find some cubist details even in the interior.

Source: http://www.praguecityline.com/services-in-prague/the-bauers-villa-in-libodrice-cubist-museum

Ancient legends situate the original seat of the Czech princes – the legendary Princess Libuse and the first Przemyslides – on the hill.

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Silvia Eva Kassayova worked 12 years as teacher on a grammar school and practiced artwork and illustration. Recently she lives in Prague. *1968, Slovakia

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Klementinum in Prague is the Czech National Library:

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Located near the Charles Bridge and Staromestske Square is the Klementinum, the second largest complex of buildings in Prague after Prague Castle. The Klementinum was built on an area of two hectares and many great astronomers, scientists, mathematicians, philosophers, historians and musicians have worked here.

Founding of Klementinum

Founded as a Dominican monastery in the medieval period the Klementinum became a Jesuit college in 1556 and was at one time known as the third largest Jesuit college in the world. The library of Charles University was transferred here in 1622 and the Klementinum eventually merged with the University in 1654. The Jesuits stayed until 1773 when Express Maria Theresa of Austria made the Klementinum into an observatory, library and university. When a National Library would founded in 1781, the Klementinum became a legal deposit library.

Klementinum Attractions

  • Astronomical Klementinum Tower – This tower is 68 metres high and you can climb the 172 steps to the gallery of the tower for a magnificent 360deg view of the historical centre of Prague. The dome of the tower is crowned with a statue of Atlas bearing the celestial globe on his shoulders. The Klementinum tower was used for astronomical observations until the 1930s.
  • Mirror Chapel – with lavishly designed interior and the installation of mirrors, which in unprecedented in the Czech Republic and
  • Baroque Library Hall is noted for its beautiful interior, with beautiful fresco paintings

Visiting the Klementinum

The Klementinum offers sightseeing tours of the Klementinum complex including the Astronomical Tower, the Mirror Chapel and the Baroque Library Hall.

There are daily concert performances in the Mirror Chapel and classical and jazz music are presented by top Czech and overseas artists. For the list of Klementinum concerts and how to book, see HERE.

Address:
Klementinum
Krizovnicka 190
Karlova 1
Marianske nam. 5
Praha 1

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The artistic work of Academy of Art graduate Miroslav Houst’ is a continuation of the centuries-old and ongoing classical pictorial tradition. The artist’s work is manifold and it touches on a variety of artistic genres. The artist creates not only monumental figural compositions with mythological themes or subjects from Czech history, but also intimate still lifes, veristic portraits or romantic landscape paintings of the melancholic Bohemian Forest or gaily sunny skies of Calabria. The fruits of the artist’s rich imagination are technically perfect prints full of secret symbols, fabled and real creatures.

Source: http://www.praguecityline.com/services-in-prague/miroslav-houst-classical-artists

This church, located on the grounds of Strahov Monastery, is one of the city’s most unusual. It is a tall, slender combination of Renaissance, baroque and Gothic styles. It is used by a successful Slovak art dealer to house one of his three Prague galleries. Regular sales exhibitions feature accessible modern art of the corporate boardroom variety, as well as masters such as Dali, Braque and Picasso. Don’t forget to bring your cheque-book!

Source: http://www.praguecityline.com/services-in-prague/galerie-miro-prague-1

Martin Patricny was born in 1955 in Prague. He learned his craft from his uncle (wood carving and turning). After graduation from a secondary school he worked in a number of jobs (shop assistant, window-dresser, driver, stock-keeper, woodcutter, etc.). Since about 1988 he has been fully concentrated on the art of wood carving. He has been living and working in Debrno near Kralupy nad Vltavou.

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Visit the cubist Bauer’s villa in a picturesque village of Libodrice, District of Kolin, Central Bohemian Region. In 1912 – 14 a prominent architect Josef Gocar built a family house in cubist style for Adolf Bauer, the tenant and later the owner of the local large estate. Cubism, a new modern style at that time, is very unusual in rural environment. Cubist forms are displayed particularly on decorative star-shaped window and door edging as well as in the skewed form of the main cornice. Spatial arrangement of the house is more traditional, although we can find some cubist details even in the interior.

Source: http://www.praguecityline.com/services-in-prague/the-bauers-villa-in-libodrice-cubist-museum

Plzensky Prazdroj or Pilsner Urquell is the First Pale Lager Beer in the World:

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Plzensky Prazdroj is a beer name that not many beer drinkers may recognize, but call it by its better known German name Pilsner Urquell and all of a sudden you’re feeling thirsty. Pilsner beer is one of the products that the Czech Republic is famous for and if you’re a great fan of Czech beer, as my other half is, a visit to Pilsen or Plzen could be a thirst-quenching experience – Pilsen is home of the Pilsner Urquell Brewery.

The History of Beer in Pilsen

Although pilsner beer has been brewed in the town of Pilsen since it was founded in 1295, the Pilsner that is known around the world today is associated with the brand name of Pilsner Urquell. But whether you use the name Urquell (German) or Prazdroj (Czech), both these words have the same meaning – “original source”. Pilsner is the original and first pale lager beer in the world.

Since 1842, the Prazdroj Brewery has been brewing the golden Pilsner Urquell. But before this time, the general brew was a dark top-fermented beer which was of a poor quality. According to a legend, the Burghers of Pilsen gathered in the town square in 1838 and poured 36 barrels of beer into the drains as they had had enough of the poor quality of brews that were being passed as beer. They got together and built a new brewery and a young Bavarian brewer by the name of Josef Groll was given the task of producing a better quality beer.

A Beer Fit for a King

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Groll produced a crisp golden brew that was bottom-fermented. Its colour and taste amazed the town folk and hence the Pilsen lager was born. According to another legend, when Emperor Franz Josef I, King of Bohemia, heard rumours of the new beer he travelled to Pilsen in search of it. After tasting Groll’s new brew, the Emperor swore never to drink any other beer except for the pure Pilsner from Pilsen, what an endorsement! I now begin to understand why my husband likes his Pilsner Urquell. This new golden lager was fit for an Emperor.

It seems that many of the pale lagers produced in the world today are based on the original Pilsen beer formula. Brewers the world over have tried in vain to imitate the unique taste of Pilsner Urquell and if you visit the brewery you can learn about the noble hop, the soft water and other secrets behind the making of this legendary lager!

A Tour of the Pilsner Urquell Brewery

There is a day tour from Prague that takes you to the Pilsner Urquell Brewery. On this factory visit you will learn about how the old dark pilsner was brewed and drunk in the past, in contrast to how it is brewed and drunk today. Of course no visit to the Pilsner Urquell Brewery is complete without a visit to its historic cellars to taste some of the pure Pilsner beer. And included in this tour is the cost of your lunch in the brewery’s restaurant Na Spilce. I should also mention that the Gambrinus Brewery is here as well – another nice Czech beer.

This day trip from Prague also includes a visit of the Nizbor Bohemia glass factory. Bohemian glassware is another of the Czech Republic’s popular products so in effect you will get to see two of Prague’s most famous exports on this tour.

Address:Pilsner Urquell Brewery
U Prazdroje 7
304 97 Pilsen

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St George’s Basilica is One of Prague’s Most Important Romanesque Landmark:

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One of Prague’s oldest and best preserved religious buildings within the Prague Castle complex is St George’s Basilica, Bazilika Sv. Jiri. Founded by Prince Vratislav I of Bohemia around 920, the Basilica is dedicated to St George and is the city’s most important Romanesque landmark.

St. George’s Basilica

St. George’s Basilica ranks among the great monuments of Romanesque architecture in Bohemia. When the neighbouring St George’s Abbey was founded in 973, the Basilica was expanded to include the Abbey. Of the original 920 structure, only the foundations have been preserved. When a major fire destroyed the building in 1142, the reconstructed church took on a Romanesque appearance. The Baroque facade that we see today dates from the 17th century.

The remains of Duchess Ludmila, Bohemia’s first martyr, were placed here in 925. In the first half of the 13th century, the St. Ludmila Chapel was added and her tomb placed there. Until 1055, the Basilica was the official resting place for the House of Premyslid. Several Czech princes of the Premyslid dynasty, including Prince Vratislav, are buried in the Basilica and their tombs can be seen in the main nave.

Adam and Eve Tower

Towering above the Basilica are the massive twin marlstone towers. The narrower tower to the north was once called Eve and the wider, southern tower Adam.

The church portal on Jirska Street was built around 1520. Its tympanum shows St George fighting a dragon. Below this are the sandstone statues of Vratislaus I, the founder of the church, and Blessed Mlada, the founder of the Abbey.

In the 17th century, the western side of the church was adapted in the Early Baroque style and acquired its brick-red facade. The Baroque Chapel of St John of Nepomuk was added between 1718-1722 upon the martyr’s beatification. A statue of St John of Nepomuk with angels is on the facade.

St. George’s Basilica now serves as a concert hall for classical music concerts. See what’s on at St George’s Basilica and you can also book your Prague concert tickets Here.

Address:
St. Georges Basilica ((Klaster sv. Jiri na Prazskem hrade)
Jirska 33, Prague Castle
11900 Prague

How to get here:
Located in the centre of Prague, St George’s Basilica can be reached by Metro: Malostranska (Line A), then catch tram 22 or 23 to Prazsky Hrad.

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