Czech Republic

Top 5 Historical Sights in Prague

Benjamin Hudrlik is a student at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and an ISA Featured Blogger. He is studying abroad with ISA in Prague, Czech Republic.

  1. Prague Castle

This 9th century castle is the largest ancient castle in the world. This 1,147-year-old beauty can be seen from anywhere in Prague with its tall spires and beautiful design. Its baroque and mannerism architectural design help make it more distinct in a city of history. Prague Castle is currently home to the President of the Czech Republic, but in the past has been the stomping ground for Bohemian Kings, and Holy Roman Emperors.

  1. Old Town Square

This huge area between Wenceslas Square and the Charles Bridge has everything any history lover would ever need. The Jan Hus Memorial in the middle of the Square is the focal point, because Hus was such an important figure in Czech culture since he stood up to the Catholic Church for Protestantism and was burned at the stake for it, causing the Hussite Wars. Along the square you can find the famed Astronomical Clock that was a feat of engineering in 1400’s. The Old Town Hall and the Church of our Lady Tyn can be seen surrounding the square with their monstrous spires.

3.  St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral began construction in 1344, and wasn’t finished until 1929. This almost 600-year construction may be why its is one of the best churches to visit in all of the world. This Church is the biggest one in the Czech Republic, and the most significant. Its gothic architecture creates beautiful arches along with gargantuan size. Walking up to St. Vitus Cathedral will make you wonder how anyone would be able to build such a huge piece of art that is functional as a building too. There is also a lot of historical artifacts inside, including the tombs of Bohemian Kings and Holy Roman Emperors.

  1. Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge is one of the many founding’s of King Charles IV, who was widely regarded as the best leader of the Czechs and Holy Roman Emperor. It was built to be a way for people to cross from Prague castle to Old Town, and helped create important trade between east and west Europe. Today, Charles Bridge is a walking only bridge for visitors to see the 30 statues that line sides of it. When standing on the bridge visitors can see than difference between Prague Castle side and Old Town side, as well as use paddle boats to view it from the water.

5.  Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square was a medieval horse market that is now a modern hub for shopping and sight seeing. The statue of St. Wenceslas is in the center of this square because he was the “Good King”, but was killed by his brother and causing the Czechs’ downfall. This square also has the National Museum and the Communist Memorial. This was also the sight of a loft of historical demonstrations like the Nazis used the street for mass demonstrations in during the Prague uprising in 1945, and in 1989 it was the sight of the Velvet Revolution that ended communism in the Czech Republic peacefully.

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