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10. PRAGUE SIGHTS

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10.Prague sights Name the most important/famous Prague sightsSpeak about some of them in detail Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic it is not only the governmental heart of the country, but it’s also a city full of cultural events, architecture and history Prague districts The old centre of Prague consists of five historical districts. Old Town, New Town and Josefov (the former Jewish Town) are situated on the right bank of the Vltava. The Lesser Quarter and Hradčany (the Castle District) are on the left bank. Firstly, I would like to mention the Old Town, where we can find:Charles Bridge. IT ranks among the greatest monuments in Prague. As the legend says, while the bridge was being built, the builders added eggs to the mortar to make a strong substance to hold the bridge together. It is an open-air gallery of unique Baroque statues. In about the middle of the bridge stands the statue of St. John of Nepomuk.The Old Town Square is another significant historical spot. It used to be the most important market place in Prague and the scene of many historical events. Its main monument is the Old Town Hall with its worldfamous astronomical clock. There are also two famous churches on the Old Town Square: the Gothic Týn Church and the Baroque St. Nicholas Church. TheEstates Theatreis near the Old Town Square. The world premiere of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni took place there in 1787. Near a Charles bridge lies in Kampa Island, separated from theLesser Quarter by a small canal called Čertovka. The Church of St. Nicholas, at the center of the Lesser Quarter, is one of the most outstanding examples of Czech Baroque architecture. Another important part of the Lesser Quarter is Nerudova Street with its characteristic house-signs. The Cathedral of St. Vitus is the biggest church in Prague and holds the treasury of the Czech coronation jewels. Another well-known place in the Castle District is theLoreta.. Other places of interest Vyšehrad. Vyšehrad Castle is situated on a rock overlooking the Vltava River. Legend has it that Czech Princess Libuše prophesied the glory of Prague from here. Vyšehrad has an important place in Czech history and the Czech national cemetery was founded here.Petřín Hill Prague’s skyline is defined by Petřín Hill. There is a 60meter tall viewing tower on the hill, which was built in 1891. It was modelled on the Eiffel Tower in Paris. I love Prague, because it is really amazing city. I’m glad that I had a choice to study in the Lesser Quarter. Who can say, that each day he pass around the Charles bridge and the Church of St.Nicholas? Or who has the choice to study with classmates in Petřín or Kampa? Even though, that after a years it became a little bit ordinary for me, I’m very proud for it.

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