I’ve been remiss at updating my blog since I got home. The last couple of days in the Czech Republic were a whirlwind, and then of course there’s the whole recover from jet lag and catch up on life at home. But I haven’t forgotten my duties to update you all!
Overall, Prague gets an A from me, the only way it could be an A+ is to reduce the number of other tourists there, but we can’t have it all, can we? I’ve already told you about a couple of the highlights, but here are some smaller stops along the Prague tour.
The Mucha Museum
Dedicated to the work of Alphonse Mucha, this is a small but lovely little museum in Old Town. I’ve always been a fan of Mucha’s Art Nouveau style, which was popular between 1890 and 1910. Mucha in particular was well known because he brought the style into everyday objects, movie posters, wallpaper, and cookie tins. But he also designed stained glass for St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.
The Miniature Museum
This is a teeeensy tiny little museum that will boggle the mind. This is the largest collection of microminiatures in the world. yep, “microminiatures.” You should check out their stuff here, it’s more impressive in these photos than mine.
The Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge was built between the 12th-15th centuries, replacing an older bridge. It is easily one of the most visited places in Prague, and it’s really best not to go in the middle of the day. We went in the morning and then later in the early evening, and there were still plenty of people to contend with. The statues on the bridge were added between the 15th and 16th century, the only original artifact being from the 1300’s is a cross that had additions to it later (see below). In reality, all of the statues on the bridge today are replicas, the originals are in the National Museum for protection from the elements.
The Astronomical Clock
The Astronomical Clock in Prague is the oldest running clock in the world. Built in 1400, it’s also the 3rd oldest astronomical clock in the world. Visitors to the Old Town Square can see it running every hour on the hour. Of course, it is the 12 apostles one sees bestowing their visage to the masses.