We’re working down our list of the 100 places you need to visit. MarketMAPS takes a look at a destination that should be marked on every history and architecture-lover’s map: Prague, Czech Republic.
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Prague is the largest city in the Czech Republic and the 14th largest city in the European Union. Throughout its 1000-year history, the city played major roles in the Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War, and in both World Wars and the post-war Communist era. Prague is home to several cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence that swept through Europe during the 20th century.
Prague suffered considerably less destruction in World War II than many other large European cities. Many of its castles have survived to this day. Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world, dating back to the 9th century and covering an area of roughly 6,000 meters. Prague Castle has been where Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic have had their offices.
The Dancing House is the name given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building in Prague. Designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry in 1992, the idea behind the house was to create two parts, one static and the other moving. The style is known as deconstructivist architecture due to its unusual shape. The “dancing” shape is supported by 99 concrete panels, each a different shape and dimension. On the top of the building is a large twisted structure of metal nicknamed Medusa.
Prague has had a large Jewish community for nearly 1,000 years. Back in 1096, most Jewish inhabitants were confined to a small ghetto. 200 years later, the Jewish Quarter was granted an amount of self administration, although most of the quarter was demolished between 1893 and 1913. What were left were only six synagogues, the old cemetery, and the Old Jewish Town Hall. Visiting the Jewish Quarter (or Josefov) today, you can find the birthplace of famous author Franz Kafka.
For its historic buildings and award-winning architecture, Prague’s historic districts have been labeled UNESCO protected sites. If you’re looking to plan a trip to Prague, or if you’d like to decorate your home with maps of Czech Republic, Europe, or anywhere in the world, contact MarketMAPS. We publish the most complete selection of maps of anywhere in the US and worldwide.
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