The failed attempt of the Swedish army to conquer Prague at the end of the Thirty Years’ War has been back in the news, as a Baroque-style Victory Column that was toppled by a mob in Old Town Square 1918 is now likely to be rebuilt on its original spot.
The city’s gardens of stone offer a retreat from the overly touristed center
Visitors to Prague can be quickly overwhelmed by how crowded the main tourist attractions are. But there are a few quiet and peaceful places, filled with interesting sculptures and centuries of history.
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Long-dead monks wander the grounds of Emauzy, one a hero and the other a villain
The monastery at Emauzy looks pleasant enough from a distance, with its modern concrete wings added in the 1960s. Its history goes back to 1347, and before that, it was allegedly a pagan grove dedicated to
A demonic figure with pagan roots puts bad kids in a sack
Christmas traditions vary across regions in Europe. Not entirely surprisingly, the residents of Central Europe tend to go a bit to the dark side with their tales. While Saint Nicholas rewards good kids, he has a companion called the
The Astronomical Clock has been restored to its pre-war condition
The Astronomical Clock at Prague’s Old Town Square has been rebuilt, returning its inner clockwork to the weights and gears system used in the 1860s, and revitalizing its faded external faces.
The clock had been quickly rebuilt with some modern internal elements
A half man-half beast terrorized brothels housed on former church property
Not all ghosts are see-through, or covered in shrouds. One of Prague’s most dangerous ghosts was a hairy man who had a particular hatred of women of the night.
People disagree whether the figure, commonly called Chlupáč, was a half man
A May – December romance went horribly wrong in Prague's Old Town
Prague's street Dlouhá třída, now lined with touristy bars and expensive shops, was once where the wealthy elite lived. It stretches from Old Town Square to where the city wall once stood, and while its name means “long,” it
A Swedish soldier and a gambling monk both ride at night but are harmless
One of the darkest moments for Prague was at the end of the Thirty Years' War, when Swedish troops looted Prague Castle and Malá Strana. The war ended before Old Town fell, thanks to a strong defense
The Antonín Dvořák Museum is linked to a Masonic mystery
All of the movers and shakers in Prague used to belong to the Freemasons. The group, though, is quite secretive. Its members swear to face horrible deaths rather than betray any facets of its rituals or leave the brotherhood.
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