The Czech Republic is one of the most magnificent and ancient capitals in Europe. It’s full of magic and is a favourite destination for many tourists. Golden times have come to the land with the collapse of the USSR in 1989 when communism loosened its steel grip and let the country develop independently. And in 1993, the Czech Republic peacefully separated from Slovakia. The heart of it is Prague, a beautiful city, which completely preserved all the charm of the ancient centuries. Its architecture dates back to the 16th century. The construction of Charles Bridge ended in the 14th century and now it is a jewel of the Czech Republic. The country is steeped in history and has many cultural offerings. There are a huge number of castles and palaces, the legacy of powerful dynasties which lived there.
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Charles Bridge is the most gorgeous of all the 18 city bridges. The first stone of the sight was put in 1357 on the orders of Charles the Fourth, and the time of laying the first stone had been calculated by astronomers of that time. In 1990, Dalai Lama visited the bridge and said that its unique location had absolutely no negative energy. Until the mid-19th century, the bridge was called "The Prague Bridge" and in 1870, it was renamed in honour of its founder. Charles Bridge is a magnificent architectural structure on 16 pillars, decorated with 30 beautiful sculptures. The bridge leads to the Old City, walking through it you can admire the magnificent view of the Prague attractions.
Old Town (Stare Mesto)
Old Town is a historic area of Prague and you will find it on the right bank of the city river. Go there and a time machine will take you back to the times of great kings and castles. The town was first mentioned in historical manuscripts in the first millennium AD. In the old town, everything is steeped in the charm of past centuries, the architecture was perfectly preserved and everywhere hovers a feeling of unreality: baroque buildings, Gothic churches, palaces, and towers. One of the towers of the Old Town offers a magnificent panorama of the city.
Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti) and Astronomical Clock
The Old Town Square is full of middle age buildings and must-see sights. One of them is the Prague Astronomical Clock, which was made by the best watchmakers of the time in 1410. For many centuries, the clock occasionally stopped but was always carefully repaired, even after a lot of damage in World War II. The Clock shows not only the time. It shows the rising and setting of the stars, the sun and the moon, months, years, days, and the provisions of the zodiac signs. Every hour chimes begin to ring and perform a show.
Prague Castle (Prazsky Hrad)
For a long time the castle was the residence of kings and emperors, and now, there is the office of the head of state. At every step there you can see the architectural sights and masterpieces of art. Inside the fortress, there is kept the royal jewellery, a lot of relics and priceless manuscripts. The fortress itself resembles a real town in the centre of which there is the Theresian Palace, chapel, cathedral and numerous architectural monuments. The Royal Garden is the Summer Palace of Queen Anne, and in front of it, there is a fountain, which drops falling repeat the sound of the ringing bells of Prague.
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