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New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Prague (5/6)

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Prague

Czechs are fireworks freaks. Prague belongs to the big cities where a New Year’s Eve fireworks is held. In last two years, the fireworks performance moved to the city center near the “Shooter’s Island” (Střelecký ostrov) and the Charles Bridge (Karlův most). The light effects were fired from a pontoon anchred on the Vltava river. Celý příspěvek

Prague Castle: Hradcanske square

The Magic Prague Castle at Night

The Prague Castle was most likely founded in around 880 by Prince Borivoj of the Premyslid Dynasty. It is considered to be the biggest castle in the world. More time ago, the Prague Castle was the site of the Kings of Bohemia and some Holy Roman Emperors. The Bohemian Crown Jewels are still kept here. Now, the Prague Castle serves as the official site of the presidents of Czech Republic. Enjoy the magic nighty atmosphere!  Celý příspěvek

Acropolis of Athens: Panorama

Acropolis of Athens

Acropolis of Athens is the most known acropolis (citadel). The Acropolis itself is a 150 m high flat-topped rock. Most of the major temples on Acropolis were rebuilt under the leadership of Pericles during the Golden Age of Athens (460–430 BC) and until the end of the 5th century BC the Acropolis gained its final shape. Later, during the Roman period, the major part of buildings were repaired. After the Turkish conquest, the Acropolis hill was used by the Turkish army. In 1687, the Parthenon, which was being used as a gunpowder magazine, was hit by artillery fire and widely damaged. Celý příspěvek

Honfleur: The Lieutenancy

Honfleur, a picturesque old port in Normandy

Honfleur is an old port in Normandy, located at the estuary of Seine. It was a favourite place of many French artists, including the well known impressionists Eugène Boudin and Claude Monet. There are a lot of sighseeings in the city – the old Lieutenancy, the Saint-Catherine’s Church, Museum Eugène Boudin, Naval Museum. Celý příspěvek

Mont-St-Michel: A panoramic view

Mont-St-Michel, a Magic Island in Normandy

The tidal island Mont-St-Michel (in English St. Michael’s Mount) is located at the mouth of Couesnon River in Lower Normandy (France). Sometimes, it is attributed to the nearby Brittanny as well. The first chapel devoted to St. Michael was founded by bishop Aubert of Avranches in the 8th century. Later, the island was converted to a fortified abbey. In 1789, the abbey was closed and converted to a prison for about 90 years. Celý příspěvek

Athenian Agora - Odeon of Agrippa

Ancient Athenian Agora

The Athenian Agora is the most known ancient agora world-wide. Originally, the Agora was a large square. This space was usually used as a market, for citizen assembliew, theathre performancew, military exercises, or athletic competitions. The central place was surrounded by the public „governmental“ buildings. Private houses disappeared from the Athenian Agora in 6th Century B.C. Celý příspěvek