Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Prague, the city of a hundred spires


Prague, the city of a hundred spires, lives up to its name, which was given in the 19th century by Josef Hornmayer, a Czech writer.  And although at that time the mathematician Bernard Bolzano counted 103 spires, nowadays the city has more than 500. 

But apart from the spires, Prague is well-known because of the amazing and beautiful Art Nouveau architecture such as the Koruna Palace and the Municipal House.

Surprisingly, the only Cubist lamp post in the world is found in Prague, and was created by the architect Emil Kraliçek made from striated concrete. 

Walking through the narrow streets on both banks of the Vltava River, Prague is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, being the historic centre declared as UNESCO World Heritage. 

In the Old Town the gorgeous Church of Our Lady before Týn looks like something out of a glommy film, with its dark and pointy spires, with eerie orange lights at night.

Along the river the Manes Association of Fine Artists is found, named after the painter Josef Mánes. It was of a highly importance during the World War I encouraging interaction between Czech artists and foreing avant-garde. 

The Dancing House, also known as Fred and Ginger (after the famous dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) was designed by the architects Vlado Milunic and Frank Gehry. Its style - decontructivism - created controversy.

For book lovers, between Kafka and Milan Kundera, a fantastic sci-fi writer appears in scene: Karel ČapekHe wrote the highly recommended novel War with the Newts and the play R.U.R (Rossum's Universal Robots). In this last one, Čapek introduced and made popular for the first time the term robot.     

Photography by When Audrey Met Darcy and Electric Percival

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