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I’ll let you keep guessing, until the post appears which’ll show you what this actually is πŸ™‚

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Herewith, as promised earlier, all the remaining photos I took from, at, or inside the National Monument. My guide book – purchased last-minute from the book store around the corner, and thus in Dutch – indicates this colossal statue of national hero Jan Ε½iΕΎka is one of the largest statues in the world to depict a mounted horseman. Prague, one learns if one chooses to devote a bit of time to it, has quite a remarkably rich and important history. When I first visited, way back when, my mother talked a lot about the Defenestration of Prague. And yes, when I got to the castle I saw the “Window of the Defenestration. Look it up, if you’re curious – also the link around John Zizka’s (Czech-spelled) name above. As you’ll see below, this monument is not just the statue, nor the sweeping panoramic views of the city, but also the interior, which is both grand and full of lovely details. And yes, if you click on the photo above to enlarge it, you will indeed see the Prague Castle around the middle top. Coming soon to a post on your (preferably large) screen – even more of that site, which is far more visited than this one.

 

 

 


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Another remarkable element of the National Monument, of which far more very soon indeed :-).

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Two Prague icons which also featured in our first City Views post from Prague: the Charles Bridge (with marathon runners streaming across it) with the Prague Castle in the background. Once I get a bit more time to sort & organize things, I plan a “xx views of Prague castle” style post, so stay tuned. πŸ™‚

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This is a flowering tree that I’ve seen lots in Europe, but can’t recall from North America. In German it’s called Kastania, I believe, which an internet search tells me is Horse Chestnut. They’re quite lovely and — like the lilacs shown in a previous post – were in full bloom in many parts of Prague during my short visit πŸ™‚

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So that Sunday – Marathon Sunday for Prague – also happened to be what folks variously call VE Day (Victory in Europe, i.e. the day WWII finally ended with German surrender in Europe) or Liberation Day. I’d been in Amsterdam for the 5th, which here is Liberation Day, and then got to see the wreaths and camera crews still there after the Czech president was up here at the National Monument for a speech. This monument and building tower over the city on the other side of the river from the Castle. Many more photos to come in a special post dedicated to this really quite remarkable place. πŸ™‚

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It was Marathon weekend in Prague – yes, they’re coming back across the Charles Bridge in the above and bottom-right photos, shortly after the 9am race start; and bottom left is later, when the stragglers finished. (The announcer pointed out that Prague is generous because most marathons hold the course open for only six hours, whereas Prague holds it open for seven hours.) In between those two outings, I was up at the national monument (well off the race route, naturally), which we’ll show you in other posts to come :-).

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This is the door that started this series. I just noticed one beautiful wooden door after another as we walked up the hill to the castle the first time, so I started photographing them, and finally realized it needed to be a series. More to come, and I’ll likely pay extra attention to nice doors, gates and other entrances in other cities I visit now, as well. Last time I recall paying so much attention doors was in a very different place, which you can see here.

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I sort of wondered whether these tulips were grown in the Netherlands and shipped to Prague for sale…