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Charles Bridge, Prague

This morning [Dec. 10] I set out to once again head up Palace Hill for further exploration. However I decided to hop off the tram and explore Charles Bridge which was built in 1357 by Charles IV. The bridge connects the castle and the old town. The bridge tower is said to be one of the most astonishing civil Gothic style buildings in the world.

Near Charles Bridge, Prague

Near Charles Bridge, Prague

Bridge Tower, Prague

Bridge Tower, Prague

Once again I encounter Saint John Nepomuk because there is a monument to him on the bridge where the King had him thrown over into the river to his death. Five stars appeared in the water over his body; that is why stars surround his head. But I was even more intrigued as I watched people come and pray and venerate the monument which marks the place where he was throw over into the Vltava River.

Statues on the Bridge, Prague

Statues on the Bridge, Prague

St. John Nepomuk shrine on the bridge

St. John Nepomuk shrine on the bridge

Where St. John Nepomuk was thrown into the river.

Where St. John Nepomuk was thrown into the river.

St. John Nepomuk, statue on bridge

St. John Nepomuk, statue on bridge

More pictures from near the bridge:
Near Charles Bridge

Approaching Charles Bridge

Prague, December 9

This morning I decided that I had several things I wanted to accomplish. First of all, learn how I could use the tram system to get to the palace complex. It took a little effort but despite the language barrier I soon learned what trams I needed to get there. I took Tram 17 up the river towards old town then changed to 22 which let me off in front of the church of Our Lady of Victory built in 1611 that houses the Infant of Prague. It lies within one of the oldest quarters in the city. The statue was given in 1628 to the Carmelites by Polyxena Lobkowicz who received it from her Spanish mother, Duchess Manrique de Lara. (Please click the pictures to see larger versions).

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Pulpit opposite the Infant of Prague

Pulpit opposite the Infant of Prague

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Church of Saint John Nepomuk

Church of Saint John Nepomuk, National saint of the Czech Republic who was drowned in the river Vltava in 1393 by King Wenceslaus because he would not divulge the secrets of the confessional.

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Tomb of Saint John Nepomucene

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Tomb of Saint John Nepomucene

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Golden Lane

Golden Lane

Golden Lane

Golden Lane

These are along the Golden Mile. Above is House 22. Franz Kafka lived in house 22 on Golden Lane from 1916 to 1917.

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(Click for larger versions).

I continued with Tram 22 up the steep climb to get to the palace complex. I wanted to see where the Defenetration of Prague took place in the royal castle in 1618. Defenetration is when you push someone out of the window to their death. Several Protestants threw two Catholic regents and their secretary out the window and they fell 70 feet but did not die. Catholics claimed a miracle but the Protestants asserted the men fell into dung. That story was unknown to their contemporaries. One man fled, and the two others took refuge in the Lobkowicz palace. This event triggered the 30 years war.

Window where the Defenestration of Prague took place.

Window where the Defenestration of Prague took place.

 

I also wanted to avail myself of what Prague offers in terms of concerts at a reasonable cost. Therefore I toured the Lobkowicz Palace and remained for a midday concert.

The property was lost twice to this family. First the Nazis confiscated it and then after it was returned the Communists took it. After the Green Revolution it was restored. After the tour of the palace, there was a musical offering in the Palace’s decorated concert hall with impressive 17th century ceilings. This art collection is impressive but even more intriguing is the history of this family that played an important role in Bohemia for centuries. In fact, Polyxena who gifted the infant of Prague tot the Carmelites was a member of this family.

The cathedral of Saint Vitus is situated in palace complex and is an excellent example of Gothic architecture. It houses many tombs of Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors. The afternoon concluded with another concert at Saint George church in the palace complex.
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The Romanesque church was a beautiful setting for a concert on the Christmas concert of Corelli and Vivaldi’s Four seasons.

This evening I went to the Prague opera house for a production of The Barber of Seville.
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