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Prague - A Symphony In Stone
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Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is well known for its Gothic style Cathedral of Saint Vitus, the Tyn Cathedral, also known as Church of our Lady, St. Nicholas Church on Old Town Square, and all of the beautiful towers, spires, and churches. The city's magical atmosphere is produced through the coexistence of the buildings, sculptures, and monuments of ten centuries. A "symphony in stone", Prague boasts architectural styles ranging from the Renaissance and Baroque right up to the art nouveau and cubist styles of the 20th, and hypermodern buildings of the 21st century.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the Czech mathematician Bernard Bolzano counted 103 towers and spires in Prague on all of the cathedrals and buildings. That's why Prague was called "The golden city of one hundred spires." Now it is estimated to be about five hundred towers and spires, so Prague is now called "The golden city of five hundred spires." Some people say that there are one thousand spires in the city of Prague, but I didn’t count them so I can't confirm that.
Under communism the city was one of Europe's best-kept secrets, more renowned in the West for the images of Czech civilians standing up to Soviet tanks as the 1968 Prague Spring came to an end. But since the 1989 Velvet Revolution, Prague has emerged as one of Europe's prime destinations.
June 9th, 2012
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