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A little alley at the side of Tyn Church, past the street sellars, leads to the Ungelt courtyard. (Ty'n 2. Prague 1) There is a great coffee house here - Ebel's serving freshly brewed coffee - a great place to pause for a break off for the city sights and regather your energies. A good Jazz club is in this area too.
Walking from Letna Park in the direction of Petrin you will come acrosss this old cast iron structure which was built for the 1891 Exhibition of Paris. It was subsequently dismantled and relocated here. It has quite an ornate staircaase on the other side.
In the summer it is a popular cafe and a pleasant place to see the views of Prague. In March however it looked desolate and deserted.
Steps of Charles Bridge
Too often people are intent in crossing the Charles Bridge that they miss the steps down into the lovely quiet square of Na Kampe. If these steps look familiar its because they were used in the Mission Impossible film
gate to Maltese Church
Just behind Na Kampe is the quiet odd shaped Maltese Square -with its embassy of course. There are some nice restaurants and pubs here as well as the grand buildings and fountain in the centre. Just nearby is the Church of our Lady beneath the Chain. This is the oldest church in the Little Quarter - being founded in the 12th century. Churches sem to have such odd names here but this one reflects that there was a chain in the Middle Ages to close off the monastery gatehouse. The church was presented to the Knights of St John (the Maltese Order). This is reflected in the lovely portal and gate of the chuch - please enlarge pic to see the detail of the knights on the grille work and the maltese cross above the door.
Towards the top of Petrin Hill is this 18th century wooden folk church which was moved here from a village in the Ukrraine. Just a pity there was building work or path maintenance going on as it made it difficult to get a proper look.
Keep walking down the embankment past the National Theatre and soon you will come to this strange architecturally designed building, renowned as the "Ginger and Fred Ginger" building after the two dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
The building is owned by a Dutch company, offices were built in 1996 by Frank Gehry. There is also a restaurant here you can enjoy
bridges of Prague
Better than the metronome on top on Letna Park is the views you have over Prague. In particular the views of the bridges makes it wothwhile ascending the many steps.
It was a bit overcast when we were up here but the pic gives you a general idea of the view to be had.
The Metronome is situated in Letna Park (acrosss the river from the Jewish quarter and keep climbing up those steps).
It was buil in 1991 and installed after the Velvet Revolution to replace Stallin's statue which had been blown up in 1962.
The area up here is strwn with rubbish, bit of an eyesore really. The metronome is not at all popular - quite noisy too - and may soon be replaced, so if its no longer there when you go you;ll know why!
Baths of Libuse ruins
Vysehrad was supposedly the origins of the first seat of czech royalty. Today perched on top of the wooded crop of rock on which the castle was built - HRAD means castle -are the remains of the baths of Libuse (Prague's prophetess) which was a defence bastion.
After that is straight down to the river!
To see this view of the baths walk through the park with the sculptures and take the path on the right. Here there also good views of the River Vltava.
The facade above the main entrance to the church of St Peter and St Paul is really intricate. Just enlarge the picture and see the detail of this beautiful sculpture.
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