Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Europe Day 3 (PART 1): Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC

Tuesday, 19 Dec 2006

After breakfast, we had our morning sightseeing with a local guide featuring Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, The Old Town, The Jewish ghetto, and the Astronomical clock.

Hradcany Castle

Also known as Prague Castle, built around 850AD by the Premyslid family. It is the largest medieval castle in Europe and the ancient seat of Czech kings throughout the ages.

Changing guards at the entrance of the Prague Castle.

St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus, located within Prague Castle was an early romanesque rotunda founded by Wenceslaus I. The Cathedral took almost 600 years to built. It is an excellent example of Gothic architecture and is the biggest and most important church in the country. Nowadays, the Cathedral houses the crown jewels and tombs of Bohemian kings.

Jewish ghetto

The town hall is the center of the local Jewish community. The building is best known for its two clocks. Upper one with Roman numeral markings and the lower one, with Hebrew numbers and hands that turn counterclockwise, just as Hebrew reads from right to left.

While we were admiring the Jewish Town Hall, something caught my eyes.......

Yeah, our very own Malaysia manufactured vehicle, Proton! I still think it looks rather different than those we have back home, or is it my short memory?

The Old Town Square

27 Protestant leaders were executed in Old Town Square in Prague on June 21, 1621

Church of Our Lady before Tyn

A dominant feature of the Old Town Square

The Astronomical Clock Legend

It is once the envy of all Europe.

According to one legend, the clock was constructed by Master Hanus. The Prague councillors were so delighted by the exceptional design that they sent their men to blind Master Hanus to avoid another beautiful structure been built for other towns. One day, the clock needed reparation and master Hanus was the only one who could do it. However, instead of repairing it, Master Hanus destroyed the mechanism of the clock to get his revenge. The clock hadn't been working for a long time, until someone able to repair it was finally found.

The clock is still working well today!

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