Mala Strana ( or as translated into english) Lesser Town, does not infer that the town next to Old Town is unequal in anyway, it just implies that it is significantly smaller. Personally, I enjoyed walking through Lesser Town because it was genuinely less crowded and less touristy than Old Town, I appreciated the quiet streets and the Art Nuevo architecture compared to the busyness and overcrowded spaces of Charles Bridge. Although the Bridge was beautiful on the walk over, I got better distant shots on the Lesser Town side of the waterway. Mala Strana was founded by Ottokar II of Bohemia as a royal and prestigious town, it was granted land directly under the Prague Palace. Throughout its existence Lesser Town has seen the rule of the Holy Roman Empire, Emperor Charles IV, and the blaze of devastating fires in 1515; shortly after the reconstruction architecture took over baroque elements of design. After seeing Lesser Town I can say that its worth a stop to any traveler passing through.
Ps. I am looking forward to another adventure tomorrow in the charming city of Prague!
One of my favorite places that we visited in Prague today was St. Vitus Cathedral next to The Prague Palace. The Gothic Architecture, Mosaic stain glass windows, flying buttresses and gargoyles were so breath taking and unbelievable its hard to believe this building was founded in 930. Although, its current form was completed in the 14th century, the cathedral is still the burial ground of many Bohemian Kings and a few holy roman emperors. The ornate design, gold Decorations and Floor to almost sealing alter piece was worth fighting the crowd to get a better look. We did the free view however for a few extra crowns their is an optional tour of the cathedral.
We were able to double back later and get a pass for the cathedral, Prague Castle, and the Golden Lane District for only 7.50 US dollars which was a phenomenal deal. The extra money was worth it to see the Alter pieces, stained glass, and marble sculptures better. It was incredible to think of how much time and effort it took each artisan to sculpt the marble, carve the wood, paint the fresco's ,and gilt the alter pieces in gold. It was an amazing holy place that was so unbelievable in size and decoration that my picture can explain it better than I ever could. If your in the area its a must see.
What more perfect place for a bohemian girl than the historic, and beautiful European city of Prague? The largest city in the Czech Republic was also formally known as the capital of Bohemia. A bohemian is classified as a native of Bohemia or
“a gypsy or wanderer. A person, artist, musician or writer, who lives free from convention.”
In many ways I feel like I can fit that description; being an artist in such a beautiful city with such a rich heritage is overwhelming . The city of Prague has existed for over 1,100 years; it has seen the roman conquering and been named the capitol of the Holy Roman Empire, it has witnessed the rise and the fall of the Habsburg Monarchy rule and that of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Prague was a major city in the protestant reformation, it felt the bitterness of the Thirty-Year’s War and unlike many other European nations, escaped untouched from the destruction of World War Two.
Today we were able to tour major land marks such as the Prague Castel, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square and Prague Astronomical Clock which remain intact and breathtaking even after all the years that they have stood. During the tour of these places we were able to witness the apostles coming out of the Astronomical Clock in Old town square and we were even able to climb to the top of the tower to get panoramic city views of old town.