Wednesday, May 29, 2013

On City-Hiking Prague

I was welcomed by sunshine in Prague! Deposited the heavy luggage in the train station as Le Brother had class till late afternoon and it was unfeasible to have that heavy backpack with me all day.

Walked down the main street in front of the museum, passing by brands such as Marks&Spencer, H&M, Bata etc. Apparently, according to the brother later, it's one of the many shopping district in Prague.

With the map in hand, I was trying to recognize some of the landmarks around. There's the Black tower at the far end of the road, recognized as one of the oldest structure in the town, and at one point served as a prison tower.

As I weaved my way in and out of the narrow streets of Prague, I then found myself standing at a small square in front of the Municipal House, which now serves as a theater with performances every night.

Next to the Municipal House stands the Powder tower, dating back to the 15th century is one of the most remarkable places to see in the whole of Prague. Initially serving as a town gate, its glory dwindled over time and was only reminded during the coronation process of a new king where the process started. Over time, after invasion and besieged by the armies and all, the tower was finaly used for storing gunpowder- and hence its name today.

Passing through the tower, one would find himself arriving in the old town square of Prague - a big square serving as activities area. When I was there, the Easter market brought the whole town to live. Stalls were set up selling food, souvenirs, decorations and stuff.

The Statue of San Jus occupied itself in the middle of the square. The statue of religious reformer Jan Hus, who for his beliefs was burned at the stake in Constance, was erected on July 6, 1915 to mark the 500th anniversary of his death.

To the Western  bit of the square was a road housing big names like Jimmy Choo, Rolex, Luis Vutton, Channel and such; names where the brand-conscious peeps go gaga over...

The street also leads to the one of the oldest synagoge in Europe - a small Jewish abode. The Jewish quarter was just a stone's throw from this religious house. But I made my way to the river...

Walking along the beautiful Vltava River, one can't help but to enjoy the structures lining the river bank. Across the river, there's the Parliament building. This side of the river embankment however, are all the faculty building of the Charles University, also known as Universitas Carolina, the oldest university in Europe.

The riverside walk then terminates at a square, where one of the many theaters of Prague was located. I could barely remember the names however. I made my way down towards the magnificent Charles Bridge, the most beautiful one of the 10 bridges in Prague itself crossing the river.

1 Jujus:

Twilight Man said...

Lovely photos!! Why dont you post your own handsome photos inside those places??