The modern city of Prague is filled with historic sites that attract people from all over the globe. The section of the city known as Old Town includes Old Town Square which is the home of the medieval Astronomical Clock, that shows the position of the sun and the moon in the sky and the apostles and other sculptures are shown on the clock as it tells the time. The Charles Bridge and the Old New Synagogue which is a gothic design was built in 1270. It is one of the oldest surviving synagogues in Europe. New Town is the home of the famous Wenceslas Square where celebrations, demonstrations and other public gatherings are held on a regular basis. The square is named after Saint Wenceslas who is the patron saint of Bohemia.
Another interesting part of the city is Mala Strana which means lesser town. It sits below the Prague Castle on the west bank of the river. The Infant Jesus statue is located in Our Lady of Victories Church in Mala Strana. It was sculptured in the 17th century out of wax and is an exquisite image of the baby Jesus. The old Jewish quarter known as Josefoy is home for the Old Jewish Cemetery, which dates back to the 15th century. The Czech general Jan Zizika’s equestrian statue is another popular tourist attraction and so is the Lennon Wall which is a wall filled with John Lennon graffiti, as well as popular lyrics from Beatles songs. Other interesting sites to visit are the Museum of Decorative Arts and the Museum of The Heydrich Assassination, which is located in the church of Saints Cyril and Methodius. The National Museum is definitely worth a visit and the Prague Castle is a must if you want to experience the full flavor of the city.
Other Sites around Prague
Known as the Fred and Ginger Building, the Dancing House was designed by Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunic and was finished in 1996. Locals call it the Drunk Building because of its shape. There’s a French restaurant on the top of the building that has a magnificent view of the city. The works of Alfons Mucha are showcased in the Mucha Museum. Mucha created a collection of Art Nouveau paintings in the early part of the 20th century. Another great artist whose work is remembered in the city is Franz Kafka. Kafka, the 20th century writer, was born in Prague and is buried in the Old Jewish cemetery. The Frank Kafka Museum has a great collection of his work. The Prague Zoo is considered the 7th best zoo in the world and has a constant flow of visitors from around the world.