Image Page on Czech Republic

Include pictures, and at least one panorama image, and a webcam image from two different times.


Outline

  1. Landscapes
  2. Cities
  3. Landmarks
  4. Images of People
  5. Images from the book
  6. Web Cam Image

o   A View From the Grand Hotel Praha

7.     Panorama

o   Prague from Old Town Square


1 Landscapes

Pravcicka Gate

Photographer Josef  Skacel perfectly captures the Pravcicka Gate cloaked in the colors of Autumn. The Pravcicka Gate is located in the Bohemian Switzerland National Park in the Czech Republic. Also known as the Pravcicka brana (Pravcice Sandstone Gate), it is the largest natural sandstone arch in Europe. The Gate has a span of 26.5 meters (86.9 feet), an inside height of 16 meters (52.5 feet), 8 meter maximum width (26.2 feet), and 3 meter arch (9.8 feet). Several scenes in the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe were filmed here. However, due to erosion, the arch is no longer accessible for visitors to climb on. https://steemit.com/travel/@czechglobalhosts/the-true-colors-of-nature-autumn-in-the-czech-republic

Krkonose National Park

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The Krkonose National Park is home to the highest mountain range in the Czech Republic. Located along the Polish border on the northern edge of the Czech Republic, it is also the highest European mountain range north of the Alps. The Krkonose National Park was founded in 1963 and is listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Those wishing to visit the park may enjoy a variety of outdoor activities there; skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, mountaineering, and kite-boarding. The park is the oldest national park in the Czech Republic and the second largest national park, boasting an impressive 363 square kilometer (225 square miles) area.  https://czadventures.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/krkonose-4-e1427382128535.jpg

Cesky Raj

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Visitors to the Czech Republic would be remiss to not visit what locals refer to as ‘Cesky raj’ or ‘The Bohemian Paradise region’. Located within the Cesky raj is an extraordinary rock formation that features hundreds of sandstone towers, called Hruboskalsko. Some towers reach a dizzying height of 55 meters (180 feet), and are popular with climbers seeking a unique adrenaline rush. Those unwilling to take the risk of traditional climbing are able to walk a spiral staircase on the Hlavatice Lookout Rock, which also reveals breathtaking views of the surrounding area. https://theculturetrip.com/europe/czech-republic/articles/the-12-most-beautiful-spots-in-czech-republic/

Solenicka Podkova

Located along the Vltava River in the Czech Republic, the Solenicka Podkova or ‘Horseshoe Bend’ boasts one of the most beautiful views in the country. A popular tourist attraction in Zduchovice in the Pribram District of the Czech Republic, lovers can take a short hike to the romantic view seen in this picture. This particular lookout is about 150 meters (492 feet) above sea level. Also along the path to the lookout is the small farming village of Solenice, inhabited by 405 residents.  https://steemit.com/travel/@czechglobalhosts/the-true-colors-of-nature-autumn-in-the-czech-republic

2 Cities

Old Town Square, Prague

From the top of the Old Town Hall building, located right in the middle of Old Town Square in Prague, one can see for miles around. Dating back to the 10th century, the square is dominated by the Baroque Church of St Nicholas, the Rococo Kinsky Palace, the Gothic House at the Stone Bell, and the monument to Jan Hus. The first known use of the square was as a marketplace, located at the crossroads of European trade routes.  https://nomadicpursuits.com/blog/2017/9/5/the-rooftops-of-prague 

Vranov nad Dyji

The historical village of Vranov nad Dyji lays in the shadows of the castle of the same name. The village is situated in the valley along the river Dyji, only 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) from the Austrian border. The castle was built in the 1100s by the Dukes of Bohemia to defend the southern border of the country against Austrian raids. The village itself was established in 1323, and gradually transformed over the centuries into a market town.  https://picjumbo.com/vranov-nad-dyji-town-czech-republic/

Christmastime Market in Prague

Old Town Square in Prague draws thousands each year, but even more so around Christmastime. The square plays host to the famous Prague Christmas Market, featuring live nativity scenes, ice-skating, and other Czech Christmas traditions throughout the month of December. The Czech people entertain many holiday superstitions. A common one is to cut an apple in half, if the core shows four corners that means bad luck is on the way, while a five corner core translates to good fortune ahead. Another popular superstition for young Czechs is to toss a shoe over a shoulder at the nearest door; if the shoe points at the door then marriage is in the cards.  https://www.tripsavvy.com/czech-christmas-traditions-1501348

Cesky Krumlov

The town of Cesky Krumlov is located in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. The Cesky Krumlov Castle sits in the historic center of the town, and is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Castle was built in 1240 by the Vitkovci family; a family of nobles descended from the Witiko of Prcice. The Cesky Krumlov Castle boasts a preserved Baroque theater, built in 1680. The theater still retains its original stage machinery, scenery, and props. Due to the age of the theater, it is only used three times a year, when a Baroque opera is performed by simulated candlelight. https://steemit.com/travel/@czechglobalhosts/the-true-colors-of-nature-autumn-in-the-czech-republic

3 Landmarks

The Bohemian Switzerland National Park

The Bohemian Switzerland National Park is not actually located in Switzerland. The story goes that during the 1800s, two Swiss artists decided that this area in the north of the Bohemian Kingdom (now the Czech Republic) reminded them of their home country, and thus the name stuck. Located just a 90-minute drive from Prague, the Bohemian Switzerland National Park plays host to large swaths of farmland, gulches, looming sandstone towers, quaint little villages, and breathtaking rock formations. One of those formations is the Mariina skala, or ‘Marienfels Rock’. It is a 428-meter (1404 feet) high rock formation named after 19th century Princess Marie Kinsky. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohemian_Switzerland#/media/File:Marienfels.jpg

The Hrad

The development of the Hrad, or ‘The Prague Castle’ during the ninth century marked what some consider to be the beginning of Prague and the Czech Republic itself. It was during this time that the Bohemian royal family established settlements near the banks of the Vltava River. The Castle encompasses the St. Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica, and the Powder Tower, among numerous other monuments, courtyards, and historic buildings. The massive basilica features dazzling stained glass windows, 21 chapels, and the royal crypt, which houses the remains of members of the Czech royal family.  http://www.destination360.com/europe/czech-republic/prague-castle

The Bouzov Castle

The Bouzov Castle is one of the most visited castles in the Czech Republic. It is located just 35 kilometers (21 miles) from Olomouc, in the eastern province of Moravia in the Czech Republic. Originally constructed in the early 14th century as a Gothic stronghold, the castle slowly changed hands and purposes over the next 100 years. By the late 15th century, it became the residence of the Grand Masters of the Teutonic Order of Knights. The Teutonic Order served as a crusading military for protection of Christians in the Holy Land and the Baltics during the Middle Ages.  https://www.roadaffair.com/best-castles-in-the-czech-republic/

The Jubilee Synagogue

The Jubilee Synagogue is one of the largest Jewish places of worship in Central Europe. Built in 1906 to commemorate the Emperor Franz Joseph I’s 25th anniversary, the Synagogue features Moorish architecture and a red-and-white stone façade. Until 2008, the Synagogue was only open to worshippers, but is now open for tours April-October, excluding Saturdays and Jewish holidays. The Jubilee Synagogue is also known as the Jerusalem Synagogue. https://www.prague.eu/en/object/places/1636/jerusalem-jubilee-synagogue-jeruzalemska-synagoga-jubilejni

4 Images of People

The Ride of the Kings

Featured is the traditional folklore festival, The Ride of the Kings. Until World War II, the Ride was an important part of the Feast of Pentecost, but has recently become more of a social event. The festival is celebrated annually in the village of Vlcnov, in the Moravian region of the Czech Republic. Young women dress in traditional clothing, while young men between the ages of 15-25 ride around the village, protecting the “King”. The King is a young boy 10-15 years old. The King and his Groomsmen dress in traditionally feminine costumes, the origin of which involves a man named Matthias Corvinus dressing as a woman to flee from a horrible battle. It is also thought that the festival originated from pagan ceremonies to ensure a good harvest. https://www.alamy.com/the-ride-of-the-kings-traditional-folklore-festival-in-vlcnov-czech-image69541327.html  

Eastertime Traditions

Czechs have long associated Eastertime with traditional fertility rites. During Easter in the Czech Republic, women can expect to be spanked on the backside with a willow whip, while men expect to have cold water thrown on them. As a part of the Easter celebration, many dress in traditional garb and dance and enjoy traditional music, food, and alcohol. Homemade plum schnapps (slivovice) is a popular staple of these celebrations along with dancing long into the night. https://www.topuniversities.com/blog/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-czech-republic 

The Lucerna Music Bar

Popular among the young adult population of Prague and tourists alike is the Lucerna Music Bar, the self-proclaimed “largest music bar in Europe”. Built originally as the Palace Lucerna in 1909, the location evolved into a theater, then a cabaret to a nightclub. Finally in 1995, the location evolved one last time into the Lucerna Music Bar. Today, the music bar is renowned for its circular-shaped stage that gives the audience a chance to be close to the performing artists. The bar often throws 80s and 90s pop discos on the weekend and hosts live music mostly during the week. https://www.musicbar.cz/en/fotoreporty/twenty-one-pilots/

The Prague Pride Parade

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The annual Prague Pride Parade takes place in August every year. The weeklong festival celebrates the LGBT community. The focus of the 2018 Pride Parade was on a bill debated by the Parliament in the fall, that lets gays and lesbians enter into regular marriages, which gives them the same rights as heterosexuals. While the Czech Republic has some of the most tolerant LGBT legislations in Europe, transgender individuals still face obstacles; such as required sterilization prior to gender exchange surgery. The LGBT community still faces discrimination in the community, and has been fighting to end certain practices, such as conversion therapy.  http://www.praguemorning.cz/40000-people-attended-prague-pride-parade-C4CiZMEHpN

5 Images from the Book

The Vysehrad Citadel

“The complex of buildings and structures that make up the Vysehrad Citadel has played an important role in Czech history for more than 1000 years. While not many of the ancient buildings have survived to the present day (indeed, most structures date from the 18th century), the citadel is viewed as Prague’s spiritual home. Part of the fun is simply to stroll the grounds and admire the views.” Page 104

Jan Svankmajer

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“Czech film-maker Jan Svankmajer is celebrated for his bizarre, surrealist animation work and stop-motion feature films, including his 1988 version of Alice in Wonderland (Neco z Alenky) and his 1994 classic, Faust (Lekce Faust).” Page 285

Baker, Mark, and Neil Wilson. Prague & the Czech Republic. 12th ed., Lonely Planet, 2017.

 6 Web Cam Image

A View From the Grand Hotel Praha

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Located at the Grand Hotel Praha, the EarthCam allows one to view a live feed of part of Old Town Square. The capital city of the Czech Republic is also known as the “hundred-spired city”, featuring hundreds of gold-tipped spires. Czechs can be seen at all hours of the day and night walking by the camera; running errands and enjoying time with one another. Throughout the day, Czechs can be seen going about their day, on their way to work, etc. At night, young Czechs can be seen celebrating various things in the streets, simply enjoying being young. https://www.earthcam.com/czechrepublic/prague/?cam=grandhotel_str

7 Panorama

Prague from Old Town Square

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This panorama is one of the largest of Prague ever created. It was taken from the top of the clock tower at Prague’s Old Town Square. The unique vantage point is only available once every thirty years and is only open for three days at a time! The photographer perched on the outlook point, five stories above the normal observation level in the tower. This unique panorama required 8000 overlapping images that took five months of full time work to complete into a single, seamless, 900K-resolution 360 degree, panoramic photo.

 


Submitted by your Samuel Dameron on 3/29/19.