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.
Wenceslas 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.
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. :/
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.
Just makes you wonder how well they preserve their old buildings. We don’t see many preserved and well restored historical buildings here in our country.
Franc Ramon says
The place really looks historic. Too bad you weren’t able to visit the museum.
Gemma|My Dailies says
It’s like being transported to a twilight zone with your pics. Lovely, would love to visit someday!
Such extraordinary structures that survived through time. You’re lucky to set feet on those historical edifices.
I’ve been reading a lot of Prague. Hope to visit this place too. That train station looks like a warp zone! I like the design.
If you love art then Prague is right for you. what a great place to be with. wish to visit this place someday. 🙂
Teresa Martinez says
The city square looks so immaculately clean, quite a welcome sight for travelers especially with the beautiful structures found in the vicinity.
Whenever I hear the word “Prague,” I am reminded of historic landmarks and ancient buildings. I’m sure it’s such a beauty to behold. 🙂
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.
why do progressive countries look so clean. these are truly great structures and monuments, considering their age, they still are standing strong. Yahweh bless.
Mona Verdida says
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 : )