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<p>Excerpt from Wikipedia:<br />
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The Old New Synagogue, also called the Altneuschul, situated in Josefov, Prague, is Europe's oldest active synagogue. It is also the oldest surviving medieval synagogue of twin-nave design. <br />
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Completed in 1270 in gothic style, it was one of Prague's first gothic buildings. A still older Prague synagogue, known as the Old Synagogue, was demolished in 1867 and replaced by the Spanish Synagogue. <br />
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The synagogue was originally called the New or Great Synagogue and later, when newer synagogues were built in the 16th century, it became known as the Old-New Synagogue. Another explanation derives the name from the Hebrew עַל תְּנַאי (al tnay), which means &quot;on condition&quot; and sounds identical to the Yiddish &quot;alt-nay,&quot; or old-new. According to legend angels have brought stones from the Temple in Jerusalem to build the Synagogue in Prague—&quot;on condition&quot; that they are to be returned, when the Messiah comes, i.e., when the Temple in Jerusalem is rebuilt and the stones are needed.</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/snuffy/">Snuffy</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Excerpt from kralovskacesta.cz:<br />
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Basilica of St. George<br />
Jiřské Square, Prague Castle<br />
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Romanesque basilica of St.George is the oldest preserved building of the Prague Castle. It was founded aroung 920 during the reign of Vratislav I as a single-naved church from which only the foundations were preserved. The building was enlarged during the reign of Boleslav II in 973 as the Prague Bishopry and the Convent of St. George were established; a short triple-naved basilica in a pre-Romanesque style was founded. Until 1005 the basilica served as the official burial place of the Přemyslid family. The basilica was elongated into its present length after a fire in 1142 when the towers were built (northern one named Eva and the southern one called Adam) and a triple-naved crypt under the main choir too. In the first half of the 13th century the Chapel of St. Ludmila was built-on. The western façade is from mid-14th century and in 1657-80 it was restyled in early Baroque style by F. Caratti; the façade is quite simple and moderately decorated. The last part of the building, the oval Chapel of St. John of Nepomuk based on a plan by F. M. Kaňka was built in 1718-22 on the occasion of St. John’s beatification. At the turn of the 19th and 20th century the church was renovated based on a purism plan by E. Mach. The minimalistic interior hides the tombs of its founders – princes Vratislav I and Boleslav II, St.Ludmila, patron of the Czech state, is buried in the chapel of St.Ludmila. The most precious part of the church decorations are partially preserved Romanesque frescos of Heavenly Jerusalem on the choir walls or a fresco and a painting by V. V. Rainer in the St. John of Nepomuk Chapel. Three-part Romanesque relief of Madonna with Jesus was originally placed in the tympanum of the main portal of the basilica but now is found in the crypt by the alter; is it is one of the most precious artefacts of Czech Romanesque sculpture. The church is used as a concert hall.</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/snuffy/">Snuffy</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/snuffy/50840158778/" title="Jewish Quarter, Prague, Czech Republic"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50840158778_0f50b043b7_m.jpg" width="177" height="240" alt="Jewish Quarter, Prague, Czech Republic" /></a></p>

<p>Excerpt from pragueexperience.com:<br />
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The Jewish Quarter (Josefov) in Prague is located between the Old Town Square and the Vltava River.<br />
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The torrid history of the former Jewish Ghetto began in the 13th century, when Jewish people were ordered to vacate their disparate homes and settle in this one area.<br />
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Over the centuries, with Jews banned from living anywhere else in Prague, and with new arrivals expelled from Moravia, Germany, Austria and Spain joining them, ever more people crowded in to the quarter.<br />
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To add to this, inhabitants of the ghetto were forced to endure structural changes at the whim of the emperor or whichever ruler exercised control over them. The latest occurred in 1893-1913, when a number of buildings were flattened, and the layout of many streets remodelled.<br />
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Fortunately, most significant historical buildings were saved from destruction, and today they remain a testimony to the history of the Jews in Prague. They form the best preserved complex of historical Jewish monuments in the whole of Europe.<br />
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The Jewish Quarter has: six synagogues, including Maisel Synagogue, the Spanish Synagogue and the Old-New Synagogue; the Jewish Ceremonial Hall; and the Old Jewish Cemetery, the most remarkable of its kind in Europe.<br />
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The monuments even survived the Nazi occupation in the 20th century. Adolf Hitler decided to preserve the Jewish Quarter as a “Museum of an Extinct Race”.<br />
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To this end, the Nazis even gathered Jewish artefacts from other occupied countries, transporting them to Prague to form part of the museum.<br />
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Today, these historical monuments, all except the Old-New Synagogue, form what is called the Jewish Museum in Prague.</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/regainthecolor/">thefantasybookworm</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Excerpt from kralovskacesta.cz:<br />
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Basilica of St. George<br />
Jiřské Square, Prague Castle<br />
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Romanesque basilica of St.George is the oldest preserved building of the Prague Castle. It was founded aroung 920 during the reign of Vratislav I as a single-naved church from which only the foundations were preserved. The building was enlarged during the reign of Boleslav II in 973 as the Prague Bishopry and the Convent of St. George were established; a short triple-naved basilica in a pre-Romanesque style was founded. Until 1005 the basilica served as the official burial place of the Přemyslid family. The basilica was elongated into its present length after a fire in 1142 when the towers were built (northern one named Eva and the southern one called Adam) and a triple-naved crypt under the main choir too. In the first half of the 13th century the Chapel of St. Ludmila was built-on. The western façade is from mid-14th century and in 1657-80 it was restyled in early Baroque style by F. Caratti; the façade is quite simple and moderately decorated. The last part of the building, the oval Chapel of St. John of Nepomuk based on a plan by F. M. Kaňka was built in 1718-22 on the occasion of St. John’s beatification. At the turn of the 19th and 20th century the church was renovated based on a purism plan by E. Mach. The minimalistic interior hides the tombs of its founders – princes Vratislav I and Boleslav II, St.Ludmila, patron of the Czech state, is buried in the chapel of St.Ludmila. The most precious part of the church decorations are partially preserved Romanesque frescos of Heavenly Jerusalem on the choir walls or a fresco and a painting by V. V. Rainer in the St. John of Nepomuk Chapel. Three-part Romanesque relief of Madonna with Jesus was originally placed in the tympanum of the main portal of the basilica but now is found in the crypt by the alter; is it is one of the most precious artefacts of Czech Romanesque sculpture. The church is used as a concert hall.</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/snuffy/">Snuffy</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/snuffy/50838595667/" title="St. George Slaying the Dragon, Third Courtyard, Royal Castle, Prague, Czech Republic"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50838595667_c1f2b4e607_m.jpg" width="240" height="207" alt="St. George Slaying the Dragon, Third Courtyard, Royal Castle, Prague, Czech Republic" /></a></p>

<p>Excerpt from kralovskacesta.cz:<br />
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Statue of St.George and a fountain<br />
Prague Castle,Third Courtyard<br />
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East of Plečnik’s granite monolith stands a Gothic bronze statue of St.George killing a dragon, unique example of metal casting in 14th century; according to the tradition, the statue was cast by George and Martin of Kluj in 1373, it is possible that Parléř’s building and art workshop also worked on this piece. It is the first known statue in our country that wasn’t linked to a particular building and that decorated an open space. The statue stands on a high pedestal in the middle of a modern round, shallow fountain at a level created by J. Plečnik in place of a Baroque fountain which stood there originally and was taken down and moved to George Square in the 1990’s. The original statue is stored in the collections of the National Gallery, the actual statue is a copy from 1967.</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/snuffy/">Snuffy</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/snuffy/50838595652/" title="St. George&#039;s Basilica, Prague, Czech Republic"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50838595652_5c07b763c0_m.jpg" width="172" height="240" alt="St. George&#039;s Basilica, Prague, Czech Republic" /></a></p>

<p>Excerpt from kralovskacesta.cz:<br />
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Basilica of St. George<br />
Jiřské Square, Prague Castle<br />
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Romanesque basilica of St.George is the oldest preserved building of the Prague Castle. It was founded aroung 920 during the reign of Vratislav I as a single-naved church from which only the foundations were preserved. The building was enlarged during the reign of Boleslav II in 973 as the Prague Bishopry and the Convent of St. George were established; a short triple-naved basilica in a pre-Romanesque style was founded. Until 1005 the basilica served as the official burial place of the Přemyslid family. The basilica was elongated into its present length after a fire in 1142 when the towers were built (northern one named Eva and the southern one called Adam) and a triple-naved crypt under the main choir too. In the first half of the 13th century the Chapel of St. Ludmila was built-on. The western façade is from mid-14th century and in 1657-80 it was restyled in early Baroque style by F. Caratti; the façade is quite simple and moderately decorated. The last part of the building, the oval Chapel of St. John of Nepomuk based on a plan by F. M. Kaňka was built in 1718-22 on the occasion of St. John’s beatification. At the turn of the 19th and 20th century the church was renovated based on a purism plan by E. Mach. The minimalistic interior hides the tombs of its founders – princes Vratislav I and Boleslav II, St.Ludmila, patron of the Czech state, is buried in the chapel of St.Ludmila. The most precious part of the church decorations are partially preserved Romanesque frescos of Heavenly Jerusalem on the choir walls or a fresco and a painting by V. V. Rainer in the St. John of Nepomuk Chapel. Three-part Romanesque relief of Madonna with Jesus was originally placed in the tympanum of the main portal of the basilica but now is found in the crypt by the alter; is it is one of the most precious artefacts of Czech Romanesque sculpture. The church is used as a concert hall.</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/191782035@N06/">leajaroska</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Taraxacum officinale<br />
Pampeliška lékařská</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/191782035@N06/">leajaroska</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana<br />
Kolopějka</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/191782035@N06/">leajaroska</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Province<br />
Venkov<br />
Provinz</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/191782035@N06/">leajaroska</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Helianthus annuus<br />
Slunečnice roční</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/191782035@N06/">leajaroska</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Echinops ritro <br />
Bělotrn modrý</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/snuffy/">Snuffy</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/snuffy/50837157488/" title="Second Courtyard, Royal Castle, Prague, Czech Republic"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50837157488_d93793fb7f_m.jpg" width="220" height="240" alt="Second Courtyard, Royal Castle, Prague, Czech Republic" /></a></p>

<p>Excerpt from prague.net:<br />
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II courtyard with Kohl’s fountain and St Cross Chapel was formed on a buried moat in the 16th century. White Tower, one of towers of this name at Prague Castle, is extant in the long wing of New Royal Palace diving the second and the third courtyards opposite the Matthias Gate. Through the northern gate of II courtyard (on your left hand) you can get to Powder Bridge (Prasny most) and Royal Garden. There is also the entrance to Prague Castle Picture Gallery with a great collection of the works of art since the reign of Rudolf II, and to Imperial Stables.</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/snuffy/">Snuffy</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/snuffy/50837882976/" title="Bishop&#039;s Palace, Third Courtyard, Royal Castle, Prague, Czech Republic"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50837882976_627785c676_m.jpg" width="240" height="180" alt="Bishop&#039;s Palace, Third Courtyard, Royal Castle, Prague, Czech Republic" /></a></p>

<p>Excerpt from kralovskacesta.cz:<br />
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The Bishop’s Palace<br />
Prague Castle,Third Courtyard<br />
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This building used to be the old house of Prague bishop, with its core built already in the first half of 11th century. Around 1660 the provost’s residence gained its Baroque appearance based on a project by F.Caratti. The east wall with Romanesque compound window is the only preserved element from the old Romanesque bishop’s residence. Architect J. Mocker used to have a flat and an office in this building too. At present time the building serves as the seat of President’s Office. On the corner of the building there is a sandstone statue of St.Wenceslas from J.J. Bendl from 1662.</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/snuffy/">Snuffy</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/snuffy/50837883851/" title="St. Wenceslas Chapel, St. Vitus Cathedral, Royal Castle, Prague, Czech Republic"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50837883851_f39f54b2cb_m.jpg" width="177" height="240" alt="St. Wenceslas Chapel, St. Vitus Cathedral, Royal Castle, Prague, Czech Republic" /></a></p>

<p>Excerpt from Wikipedia:<br />
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Perhaps the most outstanding place in the cathedral is the Chapel of St. Wenceslas, which houses relics of the saint. Peter Parler constructed the room between 1356 (the year he took over) and 1364 with a ribbed vault. The lower portions of the walls are decorated with over 1300 semi-precious stones and paintings depicting the Passion of Christ dating from the original decoration of the chapel in 1372–1373. The upper area of the walls have paintings depicting the life of St. Wenceslas, by the Master of the Litoměřice Altarpiece between 1506 and 1509. Above the altar, is a Gothic statue of St. Wenceslas created by Jindrich Parler (Peter's nephew) in 1373. The Chapel is not open to the public, but it can be viewed from the doorways.<br />
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A small door with seven locks, in the southwest corner of the chapel, leads to the Crown Chamber containing the Czech Crown Jewels, which are displayed to the public only once every (circa) eight years.</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/mj_images/">MJ.images.photo</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>C45H Expeditor “Southern Comfort” (rebuilt from AT-7)</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/mj_images/">MJ.images.photo</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Polish Navy</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/mj_images/">MJ.images.photo</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>The Flying Bulls collection</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/mj_images/">MJ.images.photo</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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