Google Street View is available through Google Maps and Google Earth and provides panoramic views along many streets in the world. It was started in 2007 in the United States and has since expanded to include a large number of countries. Some countries have objected to this form of data gathering and have not allowed Google to take the imagery. Available Street View imagery available is shown as blue lines on Google Maps once the so-called pegman has been activated. Images are most often taken by car but a variety of other modes of transport have been used. Once captured, the images are subsequently stitched together. In some areas, Street View images are augmented by privately-done photospheres.
Astronomical Clock at Old Town Square in Prague
Installed in 1410, the Prague Astronomical Clock is the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still in operation. It adorns the southern wall of the Old Town City Hall in Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic. The main feature of the clock is the depiction of the 12 apostles; one appears in the window each hour and completes a journey around the clock, at the end of which a bell rings and the clock chimes the hour. A product of its time, the Astronomical Dial shows the medieval perception of the universe, with Earth located in the center. The clock also features a Calendar Dial, which describes every day of the year with the current date located at the top. This dial also includes medallions with the zodiac signs and pictures depicting every month.
St. Nicholas Church
The Church of Saint Nicholas has been described as one of the greatest example of Prague Baroque architechture. It is located in the Lesser Town area of Prague. Built between 1704-1755, it stands where a 13th Century Gothic church, also dedicated to Saint Nicholas, once stood. The church contains the Baroque Organ, which has over 4,000 pipes up to six meters in length. The organ was played by Mozart in 1787, where he first performed his musical masterpiece, Mass in C.
Clementinum National Library
The history of the Clementinum dates back to the existence of the Saint Clement chapel in the 11th century. The chapel was transformed into a Jesuit college in 1556, which then merged with Charles University in 1654. The Clementinum covers 20,000 square meters, and is the second largest complex of buildings in Prague after the Prague Castle. In 1918, the state of Czechoslovakia took over the library, and is the National Library of the current Czech Republic.
Route from the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square to St. Nicholas’ Church.
This street view animation takes us from the popular tourist destination of the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square to St. Nicholas’ Church, where Mozart first played his famous masterpiece, Mass in C. This route shows the quaint streets of Prague, lined with restaurants and apartment buildings.
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Route from St. Nicholas’ Church to The Clementinum National Library.
This street view animation shows us the route from St. Nicholas’ Church to The Clementinum National Library. The Clementinum National Library consists of a historic complex of buildings in Prague. It consists of the Astronomical Tower, the Baroque Library, and the Vysehrad Codex. The Clementinum hosts tours daily throughout the week.
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Route from the Clementinum National Library to the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square.
This street view animation shows the route from the Clementinum National Library to the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square. This route takes us past some interesting museums, including the Lego Museum and the Sex Machines Museum. This goes to show the varied inhabitants and businesses located in Prague, where there is almost always something new to experience around each corner.
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Moore's documentary is politically polarizing. Conservative columnists, such as Armon White, are sharply critical of the movie. Putting aside politics, what can the movie show us about the value of travel in understanding our own country?
This documentary, while politically polarizing, can be seen as a call to action for the United States. The sharp contrast of the productivity of workers in France and Spain who have mandatory vacation time, compared to that of the United States is shocking. The quality of education and health care is also sharply contrasted to that of the U.S. While universal health care and free secondary education are heavily politicized issues here in the U.S., the countries featured in the documentary have proven that by putting aside politics and focusing on the good of the population, these policies can work. Traveling can open one’s eyes to the values of other countries; for example, providing free secondary education to citizens in order to produce productive adults that don’t have to struggle under the enormous weight of student loans, and are thus able to put the money they earn toward the economy instead, a fact that the United States unfortunately cannot claim.
Submitted by Samuel Dameron on 4/5/19.