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Romantic city

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, July 03, 2006 at 11:40:23 :: Czech Republic

Looking for a romantic city to take your date out?

Forget about Rome! Don't go to Venice. Even Paris may be out...

Now, here is... Prague! THE romantic city with everything to dream of: Beautiful castle, romantic hotels, quiet squares and good restaurants.

View of Hradcany and Vltava


Come on and visit Prague with us now on Landolia!
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Prague, Czech Republic

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 13, 2007 at 13:47:23

Pedestrian bridge called Charles IV bridge and old town end of the King Charles bridge, Prague, Czech RepublicPrague (Czech: Praha) with 100 bell-towers, a real city of gold when seen from the sky. The historic centre of Prague is part of UNESCO's world heritage sites since 1992. Its official name is hlavní město Praha, meaning the Capital City of Prague. Kafka, Mozart and many others haunt its walls. Split in two by the River Vtlava, in central Bohemia (Czech: Čechy), it has been connected for centuries by the Charles bridge (Karlův most), which has just celebrated it's 650th anniversary. The emblem of the Czech capital, the castle of Prague (Pražský hrad), where the Czech kings, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic have had their offices, has dominated the town centre for an entire millenium (the crown jewels of the Bohemian Kingdom (The jewels (korunovační klenoty), and the Crown of Saint Wenceslas of Bohemia (Svatováclavská koruna)) are kept here). The symbol of the kings of Bohemia, it's circular walls and the narrow streets which surround it create an atmosphere typical of the Middle Ages. Not to be missed, the square in the Old Town lined with private mansions with superb frontages, and the town-hall tower with its famous medieval astronomic clock or Prague Orloj (Czech: Pražský orloj). Strolling through the various neighbourhods, one then slips from Romanesque to Gothic art (Saint Guy Cathedral), from the Renaissance to Art Nouveau.

Square and church of Our Lady in PraguePrague is the sixth most visited European city after London, Paris, Rome, Madrid and Berlin. Some of the most known sights are:

- Old Town (Staré Město) with its Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) between Wenceslas Square and the Charles Bridge.
- The Astronomical Clock or Prague Orloj (Czech: Pražský orloj).
- The famous historical Charles Bridge (Karlův most) that crosses the Vltava river, longest river in the Czech Republic.
- New Town (Nové město) with its busy and historic Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí), named after Saint Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia.
The Prague Astronomical Clock- Malá Strana (Lesser Quarter), one of Prague's historical and oldest boroughs.
- Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) with its Roman Catholic St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála svatého Víta), seat of the Archbishop of Prague.
- Josefov (the old Jewish quarter) with Old Jewish Cemetery and Old New Synagogue (also called the Alt-neu Shul, the Altneuschule or Altneusynagoge in German, or Staronová synagoga in Czech).
- The Lennon Wall, since the 1980s, people have filled it with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles songs.
- Vinohrady (vineyards) cadastral district.
- The museum of Heydrich assassination in the crypt of the Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius, where the Czech assassins of top-Nazi, Reinhard Heydrich, hid after the Operation Anthropoid.
Old Town Square from above, Prague, Czech Republic- National Museum (Národní muzeum) founded in 1818 by Kašpar Maria Šternberk.
- Vyšehrad castle built in the 10th century, on a hill over the Vltava River, with its Cathedral of Saint Paul and Peter and Vyšehrad cemetery.
- Petřínská rozhledna, a 60 metre high steel framework observation tower on Petřín hill, which strongly resembles the Eiffel Tower.
- Anděl (neighborhood) in Prague 5's central quarter of Smíchov, which is probably the busiest part of the city with a super modern shopping mall and architecture.
- Žižkov Television Tower built between 1985 and 1992.
- The New Jewish Cemetery in Olšany, location of Franz Kafka's grave.
- The Metronome, a giant, functional metronome located overlooking the Vltava River and the city center of Prague.
- The Dancing House (Tančící dům - Rašínovo nábřeží 80, 120 00 Praha 2), contortionist building, designed by Frank Gehry in the mid-1990, evokes two intertwined dancers – whence its nickname: Ginger and Fred.
- The Mucha Museum, showcasing the Art Nouveau works of Alfons Mucha.
- Places connected to writers living in the city, such as Franz Kafka (One popular destination is the Franz Kafka museum).

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Czech Republic, Jewish Quarter and St Procopius' Basilica in Trebic

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 22, 2013 at 11:03:58

Location Třebíč, Trebíc district, Vysocina Region, Czech Republic
Coordinates N49 13 2 E15 52 44
Property 5.73 ha
Date of Inscription 2003

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1078 )

The ensemble of the Jewish Quarter, the old Jewish cemetery and the Basilica of St Procopius in Trebíc are reminders of the co-existence of Jewish and Christian cultures from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. The Jewish Quarter bears outstanding testimony to the different aspects of the life of this community. St Procopius Basilica, built as part of the Benedictine monastery in the early 13th century, is a remarkable example of the influence of Western European architectural heritage in this region.

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New Synagogue, Jewish Quarter of Trebic St. Procopius Basilica

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Czech Republic, Tugendhat Villa in Brno

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 22, 2013 at 10:53:01

Location Brno, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic
Coordinates N49 12 25.86 E16 36 57.8
Property 0.73 ha
Date of Inscription 2001

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1052 )

The Tugendhat Villa in Brno, designed by the architect Mies van der Rohe, is an outstanding example of the international style in the modern movement in architecture as it developed in Europe in the 1920s. Its particular value lies in the application of innovative spatial and aesthetic concepts that aim to satisfy new lifestyle needs by taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by modern industrial production.

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Villa Tugendhat

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Czech Republic, Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 22, 2013 at 10:45:44

Location Olomouc, Olomouc Region, Czech Republic
Coordinates N49 35 38.17 E17 15 01.65
Property 0.02 ha
Date of Inscription 2000

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/859 )

This memorial column, erected in the early years of the 18th century, is the most outstanding example of a type of monument specific to central Europe. In the characteristic regional style known as Olomouc Baroque and rising to a height of 35 m, it is decorated with many fine religious sculptures, the work of the distinguished Moravian artist Ondrej Zahner.

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Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc

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Czech Republic, Litomysl Castle

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 22, 2013 at 10:35:59

Location Litomyšl, Pardubice Region, Czech Republic
Coordinates N49 52 24.996 E16 18 51.984
Property 4.40 ha
Date of Inscription 1999

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/901 )

Litomyšl Castle was originally a Renaissance arcade-castle of the type first developed in Italy and then adopted and greatly developed in central Europe in the 16th century. Its design and decoration are particularly fine, including the later High-Baroque features added in the 18th century. It preserves intact the range of ancillary buildings associated with an aristocratic residence of this type.

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Litomysl Castle Litomysl Castle

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Czech Republic, Holasovice Historical Village Reservation

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 22, 2013 at 10:27:46

Location South Bohemian Region, Czech Republic
Coordinates N48 57 35 E14 15 10
Property 11 ha
Date of Inscription 1998

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/861 )

Holašovice is an exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a traditional central European village. It has a large number of outstanding 18th- and 19th-century vernacular buildings in a style known as 'South Bohemian folk Baroque', and preserves a ground plan dating from the Middle Ages.

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Kyselov pond, Holasovice Baroque style house, Holasovice

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Czech Republic, Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 22, 2013 at 10:16:43

Location Breclav District, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic
Coordinates N48 46 32.988 E16 46 30
Property 14,320 ha
Date of Inscription 1996

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/763 )

Between the 17th and 20th centuries, the ruling dukes of Liechtenstein transformed their domains in southern Moravia into a striking landscape. It married Baroque architecture (mainly the work of Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach) and the classical and neo-Gothic style of the castles of Lednice and Valtice with countryside fashioned according to English romantic principles of landscape architecture. At 200 km2 , it is one of the largest artificial landscapes in Europe.

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Lednice Castle Valtice Castle

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Czech Republic, Historic Centre of Telc

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 22, 2013 at 10:05:47

Location Telč, Vysocina Region, Czech Republic
Coordinates N49 10 59.988 E15 26 60
Property 36 ha
Date of Inscription 1992

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/621 )

The houses in Telc, which stands on a hilltop, were originally built of wood. After a fire in the late 14th century, the town was rebuilt in stone, surrounded by walls and further strengthened by a network of artificial ponds. The town's Gothic castle was reconstructed in High Gothic style in the late 15th century.

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Main square, Historic Centre of Telc

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Czech Republic, Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk at Zelena Hora

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 10, 2012 at 14:07:32

Location South Moravian Region, Czech Republic
Coordinates N49 34 48.72 E15 56 31.41
Property 0.64 ha
Date of Inscription 1994

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/690 )

This pilgrimage church, built in honour of St John of Nepomuk, stands at Zelená Hora, not far from Ždár nad Sázavou in Moravia. Constructed at the beginning of the 18th century on a star-shaped plan, it is the most unusual work by the great architect Jan Blazej Santini, whose highly original style falls between neo-Gothic and Baroque.

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Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk

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Czech Republic, Gardens and Castle at Kromeriz

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 26, 2009 at 06:52:48

Location City and District of Kroměříž, Zlin Region, Czech Republic
Coordinates N49 17 60 E17 22 38
Type Cultural
Property 75 ha
Date of Inscription 1998

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/860 )

Kroměříž stands on the site of an earlier ford across the River Morava, at the foot of the Chriby mountain range which dominates the central part of Moravia. The gardens and castle of Kroměříž are an exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a European Baroque princely residence and its gardens.

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Kolonada, Gardens and Castle at Kromeriz

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Czech Republic, Kutna Hora: Historical Town Centre with the Church of St Barbara and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 24, 2009 at 14:21:08

Location City and District of Kutná Hora, Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic
Coordinates N49 57 00 E15 16 00
Type Cultural
Property 62 ha
Date of Inscription 1995

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/732 )

Kutná Hora developed as a result of the exploitation of the silver mines. In the 14th century it became a royal city endowed with monuments that symbolized its prosperity. The Church of St Barbara, a jewel of the late Gothic period, and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec, which was restored in line with the Baroque taste of the early 18th century, were to influence the architecture of central Europe. These masterpieces today form part of a well-preserved medieval urban fabric with some particularly fine private dwellings.

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Church of St Barbara, Kutná Hora

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Czech Republic, Historic Centre of Cesky Krumlov

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 24, 2009 at 13:24:12

Location Český Krumlov, South Bohemian Region, Czech Republic
Coordinates N48 49 0 E14 19 0
Type Cultural
Property 52 ha
Date of Inscription 1992

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/617 )

Situated on the banks of the Vltava river, the town was built around a 13th-century castle with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. It is an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town whose architectural heritage has remained intact thanks to its peaceful evolution over more than five centuries.

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Church of St. Vitus, Historic Centre of Cesky Krumlov Krumlov Castle, Cesky Krumlov Cesky Krumlov

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Czech Republic, Historic Centre of Prague

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 24, 2009 at 10:01:14

Location Prague (Hlavní mesto Praha), Czech Republic
Coordinates N50 5 22.992 E14 25 9.984
Type Cultural
Property 1,106 ha
Date of Inscription 1992

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/616 )

Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, the Old Town, the Lesser Town and the New Town speak of the great architectural and cultural influence enjoyed by this city since the Middle Ages. The many magnificent monuments, such as Hradcani Castle, St Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge and numerous churches and palaces, built mostly in the 14th century under the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV.

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St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Charles Bridge, Prague Church of Our Lady, Prague Square

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