Prague is a fantastic city for any teenager who is passionate about architectural brilliance and enjoys a bohemian style culture. On practically every corner you turn on, there is an architectural marvel that will wow you. Churches, basilicas, bridg... see more »
Prague is a fantastic city for any teenager who is passionate about architectural brilliance and enjoys a bohemian style culture. On practically every corner you turn on, there is an architectural marvel that will wow you. Churches, basilicas, bridges and sculptures are plentiful in Prague and are easily accessible by the many metro lines. Consider a trip to Prague for a summer filled with rich culture and a lesson on art history.
If you are an art history buff, Prague will be the perfect city for you. You will be introduced to Romanesque, Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau art styles. A classic example of a Romanesque creation is St. George’s Basilica, standing on two white stone steeples; it is the second oldest church in the city. Be sure to take a walk inside where you will find tombs of several rulers from the early origins of the country. For a prime example of Baroque style, the St. Nicholas Church at the Old Town Square will delight you with the delicate stucco decoration which was made by Bernardo Spinetti and the frescos by Peter Adam the Elder. St. Nicholas serves as a church and also a venue for wonderful classical performances. The Tyn Church, which stands on one side of the Old Town Square, represents both a Gothic and Baroque style and its two spires can be seen from any point in Prague. You will learn that the church gave Walt Disney the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty Castle, and as you gaze at it you will see why, especially at night as it lights as lights up the dark sky. Don’t miss the St. Vitus’s Cathedral and Brno’s Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul. Last and not least is the Prague Castle, which happens to be the number 1 tourist attraction in all of Prague, and for good reason. The castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world and displays various architectural styles, originally built in the 9th century by Prince Borivoj; it has seen many additions and modifications. Explore through the 3 courtyards and the many seats of Czech rulers, so give yourself at least a half of day to observe all the parts.
The Old Town Hall Tower is an attraction not to be missed, as you’ll want to examine the construction of the astronomical clock and squeeze through the crowd to witness the procession of the twelve apostles, which you can catch on the hour every hour. Next, you can take a short walk over to the Prague’s most prized bridge, the stone Charles Bridge, connecting the Old Town and Lesser Town. To experience it fully, take a stroll before dawn to avoid the crowds. Walk from one end to another and observe the 30 statues that line the bridge. Of the 30 statues that stand there, the most important is the one of St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr saint who was executed under the rule of Wenceslas IV by being thrown over the bridge into the Vltava.
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