A history lesson just in the architecture!

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Friday July 27

Prague is quite an impressive city and it is very unique since it was one of the only majoy cities that came out of the war for the most part physically unscathed. Today Kel and I started off in the Jewish Quarter where we were able to check out 5 synagogue, One was built in the 13th century and is the oldest surviving synagogue in Europe, and my two favorite or most impactful were the Pinkas and Spanish Synagogues. 


The Pinkas the entire temple now has the names, dates and hometown of every Jew that was murdered written on each inch of every wall, you can't walk through it without being moved.  Upstairs also was really interesting because they had artwork from Jewish students expressing their feelings as they lived through the persecution of the Nazi regime.



The Spanish synagogue is simple beautiful, and the picture doesn't give it justice but the entire inside is intricately painted. 
 
 
In the Quarter there is also is the Old graveyard, Jews were not allowed to bury their dead anywhere else then the Jewish Quarter from 1439-1787 and were therefore forced to bury on top of each other and they estimate over 100,000 people were buried here.


 
We then headed to Old Town Square, which is very picturesque! It contains colorful buildings, Church of St. Nicolas, Tyn church, which is gothic style on the outside and baroque on the inside, the town hall and clock tower where every hour the bells ring and a man plays the trumpet from the top of the tower, and this all circles a large statue of Reformer Jan Hus.
  
 





 
We then wander down to see one of the Powder towers (gates to the city) and the Municipal hall, which is now a huge concert hall and roamed the Havelska Market where trinkets, paintings and fresh fruit and veggies are sold.
 





We then headed to the Communist Museum, which did a good job of outlining life in Prague during Communist control and show a very powerful video outline the protests and abuse the People of Prague underwent.






 
 

We ended our day at Wenseslas Square where most of the protests were held, but instead of a protest we were greeted with and international folklore festival!  So we enjoyed the music and a drink but having one of my best meals so far in a restaurant housed in a medieval cellar, which was really cool!

Whew!  Tired just recalling all that!  Round two tomorrow! Night night!
 



 
Saturday July 28

 

Another great day in Prague!  Yesterday was very history oriented and today we really took in the beauty of the city.  It is a unique city because physically it pretty much came out of WWII unscathed, so the architecture has been well preserved and beautiful!



We started our day at Charles Bridge which to enter you must walk through the gate and past the Watch tower, which of course, since I need to climb in every city made kel climb to the top of!  But it was worth it because it had us amazing views of the city and the river!



 
We then walked across the famous Charles bridged, packed with people, artists, musician and statues!  I rubbed a brass outlet and legend have it you only have one chance but when touching the statue for the first time you must make one wish and it will come true!  So of course I did that… I will let you know in the future if my wish actually comes true! :) We also each bought a cool and unique piece of hand-crafted jewelry from the bridge as well!




After crossing over the bridge we head to the John Lennon wall.  Which is a symbol of love, protest and music.  During the Cold War most music was banned in communist countries and so this was created in protest to that censorship. 

 
 
We then headed up the hill to a Monastery where during WWII most of the Monks were sent to concentration camps, but afterwards it was returned to the monks and today still have a functioning brewery!  SO after we checked out the Monastery chapel and library we went to the brewery to test the Beer!  Kel had an IPA and I a wheat beer that was very good!  I even liked it! 


 
 
We then headed to the Prague Castle, which is the largest Castle in the world and over looks the entire city! (great views).  We checked out the Cathedral with jaw dropping stain glasses windows, the old royal palace, the basilica and Golden lane, which is a little medieval street inside the castle walls. 





Afterword we headed back down to town, grabbed a drink to avoid the first rain since I met up with Kel and then had dinner at an amazing restaurant.  We had the three-course Czech Menu, where the main course was duck… awesome!  But DAD you would have loved this meal but especially the dessert it was an apple\cheery straddle with this vanilla pudding sauce and strawberries, every bite I thought it must be dad’s birthday! 

Another great day in Prague! Until next time!
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Prague must be wonderful. It is good the city was spared damage in wwII.
The beer sounds great as does the Czeck food.
Your pictueres are very good. They will make a wonderful book.

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