Beyond its alluring historical beauty, Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, offers more. The city has become a frequent destination for tourists, having a variety of architectural epochs from Gothic to Baroque and Renaissance. As an architecture enthusiast, I have spent quite a long time grasping and examining the structure and style of the city’s architecture. If you are ever interested in architecture, visiting Prague will enhance your aesthetic pleasure.
The magnificent Charles Bridge, one of the oldest bridges in Europe, connects two sides of the city. The bridge, which has three towers, is one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic style architecture. Walking on the bridge feels as if we were taking a short walk in the medieval ages.
The bridge is also famous for its many unique statues, notably the statue of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and John of Nepomuk, one of the country’s most revered saints. While being baffled by the atmosphere, do not miss the views of the Vltava River and the Gothic gates of the bridge, which offer potentially good shots for photography enthusiasts.
The Dancing Building
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The Dancing Building, known as Tancici Dum, built between 1992 and 1996 by Frank Gehry, is a striking example of modern architecture. Designed by the American architect Frank Gehry in the early 1990s, the building was built in the style of deconstructivism.
The building, which symbolizes the two dancing partners, was named after the famous American dance artists Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
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Prague Castle, the home of bohemian kings in the Hradčany district of Prague, is now used as the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. The castle, which is also the city’s most visited tourist attraction, was built in the 9th century and has dramatically been reconstructed over the years, remaining a shining example of the leading architectural styles of the past millennium.
You need to spare a considerable amount of time to get about the huge complex, which is the largest ancient castle in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records, where you can see the unique view of the Vltava River. The highlights are the former royal palace and The Vladislav Hall, which used to be an area to exercise spear tournaments among knights back in the days.
Do not forget to spend time in the Royal Garden, which dates back to 1534 and hosts many remarkable buildings such as the Ball Game Pavillion. The castle complex can be visited at any time of the year between 06:00 and 22:00.
St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church that you come across when you pass the first two courtyards of Prague Castle. One of the best examples of Gothic architecture with its looming towers, is the most striking structure of Prague Castle.
St Vitus Cathedral’s Chapels comprises some places built in order to perform worship, in which one can notice of the historical past of the cathedral, referring to many beloved saints and angels from the bible and Christianity history.
With its construction, it has become a mixture of modern Neo Gothic and 14th century Gothic styles, which was built in the style of both the Baroque and Renaissance styles. The cathedral, which houses the Prague Archbishopric, comprises the tombs of Bohemian kings and many national treasures.
The cathedral is also known for its stunning stained windows. To see the breathtaking view of Prague, one needs to climb the cathedral’s 97-meter-long main tower.
Jewish Quarter (Josefov)
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Prague’s Jewish Quarter (Josefov) has existed since the 13th-century, where Jews from Prague lived in the neighborhood surrounded by walls for 500 years. In its heydays it housed more than 18,000 jews. Today, only some descendants of the previous inhabitants keep living here. Back in the days, it was a suburb of Prague. After the fortifications being demolished to open some space to build Art Nouveau style buildings in the middle of the 1800s, the neighborhood became a tourist attraction, demonstrating the city’s transformation during the last centuries.
Jewish Town Hall, the Old Jewish Cemetery, Josefov Jewish Museum, Virgin Mary Church, Maisel and Pinkas synagogues are also worth seeing, and among Europe’s best-preserved Jewish monuments.