Prague is a magical city whose bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes have been mirrored in the surface of the swan-filled Vltava River for over ten centuries. Whilst its medieval centre is a wonderful mixture of cobbled lanes, walled courtyards, cathedrals and countless church spires, Prague is also a modern and vibrant city full of energy, music, cultural art, fine dining and special events catering to all visitors and travellers. Its medieval centre became a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage site in 1992.
Situated in the western part of the Czech Republic, Prague is the capital and largest city of the country, and has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe across its entire existence. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic and Renaissance eras, Prague has not only been the historic capital of Bohemia and the Czech state, but also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire at times. The city played major roles in the Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War, and in 20th-century history, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era.
Prague is home to a number of famous cultural landmarks, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe, and include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, the Lennon Wall, and Petřín Hill.
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- The Charles Bridge is an historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century.
- The Prague astronomical clock, or Prague orloj, is a medieval astronomical clock located in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.
- The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert is a Roman Catholic metropolitan cathedral in Prague, the seat of the Archbishop of Prague.
- Josefov is a town quarter and the smallest cadastral area of Prague, Czech Republic, formerly the Jewish ghetto of the town. It is completely surrounded by Old Town.
- Vyšehrad is a historic fort located in the city of Prague, Czech Republic. It was built, probably in the 10th century, on a hill over the Vltava River.