Prague has many famous sites to see, but debatably the most famous are Old Town Square, Prague Castle, and Charles Bridge.
Old Town Square is located in Prague 1 and it’s about a ten-minute walk away from my apartment. This square is home to many of Prague’s most famous churches and buildings. One of which is the Church of Our Lady Before Týn. This gothic church was built in the 14th century and placed right in front of the Týn yard which was historically a marketplace for trading goods. Old Town Square is also home to the Prague Astronomical Clock which was installed in 1410 and currently the oldest clock still operating.
The Prague Castle is located across the river about a 15-minute tram ride away from my apartment. This castle was built in the 9th century and was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia. Prague Castle’s architecture style is baroque, and it is the largest ancient castle in the world.
The Charles Bridge started construction in 1357 under the famous King Charles IV. This bridge is very significant to the history of Prague because it was the first bridge to connect the Prague Castle side of the city to the Old Town Square side. The Charles Bridge is about a 10-minute walk along the water from my apartment and located near Old Town Square, so I frequently walk by it. The bridge has watch towers on both sides and I was lucky enough to be able to go to the top of one on a field trip with my class. There are many different statues located along the bridge to show off some of the great people of Prague’s history. Repairs to maintain and preserve the bridge are scheduled to start next year and take around 20 years to complete.
Each of these three sites was truly amazing to see in person and I am looking forward to traveling to more historic sites around this beautiful city.