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Wenceslas Square – Prague

September 30, 2012
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Wenceslas Monument and Prague’s National Museum on a silhouette

Careful calculation of time is a must when travelling, especially when visiting famous landmarks and places. I say that because when we visited Prague’s Wenceslas square, it was a lovely morning but the sun was on that part casting shadows, thus, our silhouette photos.

The square is part of the city centre recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The plaza has a very rich history having witnessed a number of demonstrations and gatherings. For one, it was in front of the Wenceslas monument where Alois Jirasek, Czech writer and Nobel Prize in Literature nominee, proclaimed the independence of Czechoslovakia in 1918.

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city square

The square is lined up with many different establishments – we unfortunately didn’t go down further to take photos but the entire strip is composed of hotels, food establishments, offices and shops. What is most notable is the National Museum, designed by Czech architect Josef Schulz. Looking at it, the neoclassical make of the building resembles Vienna’s own twin museums of Natural history and Art history. As mentioned above, timing is a good thing to consider…we came earlier than 8 in the morning, we weren’t able to peak inside the museum – still closed – and so we missed seeing the collection of artifacts on display.

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National Museum

Another installation worth mentioning when visiting the square is the monument of the saint it was named after; Saint Wenceslas, mounted on a horse; the patron saint of Bohemia. The monument was sculpted by Josef Václav Myslbek in 1887–1924. There are a number statues surrounding Saint Wenceslas representing other saints (St. Adalbert, St. Ludmila, St. Prokop and St. Agnes of Bohemia). Pardon, I don’t have a photo of his supposed face in a good angle. :/

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Train station near the square.
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  1. I see Prague as a city of great museums, architectures and rich history…a city perfect for romantic scenes but most of the movies I’ve seen that were filmed in Prague are action, the Mission Impossible IV and XXX of Vin Diesel. But still I’d be happy to set foot on this famous city of the Czech Republic. Just don’t know if that will happen…may be in my dreams. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  2. One of the reasons why I am fascinated by this post is the amazing photos you have in here. I would love to visit the buildings myself. I hope one day I’ll be able to.

  3. why do progressive countries look so clean. these are truly great structures and monuments, considering their age, they still are standing strong. Yahweh bless.

  4. When the place is this clean, I’d love to roam around the city and visit every tourist spot! I love the photos you took by the way : )

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