In November 2004, my wife and I briefly visited two
of the most splendid cities in Europe: Prague and Budapest. Free of
Communism since 1989 and steeped in centuries of human history, these
two cities charmed us with their beauty, enchantment and grandeur.
Prague is often called the
city of 100 spires as the domes and spires of the city's churches
and other buildings are its main landmarks. This is a view of Prague
Castle and the spires of St. Vitus's Cathedral from the bank of
the Vltava River
Until 1741, Charles Bridge
was the only crossing over the the Vltava River. It was built in
1357 and the first statue was added in 1683. Now strictly a pedestrian
bridge and lined with statues, it is the most famous bridge in
Prague and connects the Old Town side of town with the Little Quarter
The Old Town Bridge Tower at
the Old Town side of the Charles Bridge. This Gothic tower was
built at the end of the 14th century as part of the Old Town's
of locals and tourists stroll across the Charles Bridge.
The Town Hall Astronomical
Clock in Old Town Square. In 1490, it's creator is said to have
been blinded by the town councilors to prevent him from building
like it elsewhere.
Every time the clock strikes the hour a procession
of the 12 Apostles is seen passing by the two openings at the top.