Prague: Most Haunted City in the WORLD!

Trip Start Jan 2008
Trip End May 2008

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Friday, February 29, 2008

The next day we where off to explore Prague on our own. We wandered the streets stopping in stores and simply enjoying the beauty of the area. Our Hostel was in a great location it was located in Wenceslas Square. just down the road form Old Town. We stopped at a restaurant to get some real Czech food. We each decided to try something we would not normally order. I got duck and it was pretty good. They love their meat and potatoes here in Prague. We continued to wander for a while then we headed back to the hostel and put on some warm clothes for the tour that we wanted to go on that night.  
Prague is known as the most haunted city in the world and we decided to go on a ghost tour of the area and learn about all the legends associated with the hauntings. The story tour began at the Astronomical Clock, a beautifully crafted clock has an amazing story behind it. It is one of few astronomical medieval astronomical clocks still in existence. It creation was ordered by the king and at the time it was built it was the tallest and most impressive astronomical clock in all of Europe. The clock brought tourists from all over Europe to Prague to view its splendor and when the king found out the clock maker planned to create other clocks like it for other kings in Europe he had the man blinded. The clock maker in a fit of vengeance climbed his way into the tower and pulled out the clocks workings which stopped the clock from working for about 10 years for the clock was so complicated no other man could fix it. Many people stand around the clock to watch it on the hour. The clock then comes to life and a skeleton rings a bell meaning death is coming and time is up, there is a man looking in the mirror to represent vanity, a Turkish man to represent delight, and a man holding a bag of money representing greed. When the clock chimes on the hour the three other figures shake their heads at death telling him they are not ready to die and the twelve apostles show up at the top of the clock. It is very cool to watch.
The next place our guide took us was the entrance to the catacombs. The city of Prague is built atop a series of tunnels. When the city came under siege all the citizens of Prague would flee to this entrance and escape under ground. The tunnels where so vast and with so many down there crammed in and no light as well as little oxygen; many died in these tunnels under the city. So many people died there and that is how Prague became known as the most haunted city on earth. The entrance is the most haunted area above ground in Prague, and the catacombs themselves are believed to be so haunted many refuse to go down there. 
On this tour we also learned about Gothic Architecture and the reasons buildings where built the way they are. Czech people believed that if a demon saw its own reflection it would be frightened and run away. This is why there are so many frightening figures on Czech buildings. They also have spikes on them to let the demons know that the people here are willing to put up a fight, as well as warriors with swords drawn ready to attack any intruders.
Prague has many strange stories. There is one that takes place in a church where a man was attempting to take a piece of the gold Madonna and she latched down onto his arm. The man's screams woke the priests and they had to sever the man's arm to get it free. That man went to jail then came back to work for the church for his remaining years. This story is actually documented by Prague's historians.
We learned about the story of Golem the creature created by Rabbi Judah Loew created Golem, a large creature made from clay and energy from the earth to protect the Jewish people within Prague's ghetto. Golem was created on a river bank in Prague by the Rabi through ancient Jewish chants. The Golem was controlled by the Rabbi till it became stronger and less controllable and started killing non-Jewish citizens of Prague. The Rabbi then put the Golem in a large clay coffin to protect the city, but if they ever need him again the coffin still exists within the Oldest Temple in the Jewish Ghetto.
Wow I've typed a lot of crazy stories/legends about Prague. I just find them so interesting and I want to remember it all after the trip. The last two involved the Old Town Square.   A child was ground up and put into the mortar to create a political building here in Prague. They did this because the building kept falling down and an old man told them that the killing of a child is what had to be done. This is the same building where the begining and end of communism was announced. The diplomats that ordered that the child be killed all met untimely deaths and it is believed that the old man who told them to kill the child was the devil himself. To this day people have sighted a child in the halls of the building or hearing ones laughter. There where also many hanging that occurred in the Old Town Square so it too is thought to be haunted.
Prague is awesome and creepy... hope you enjoyed these crazy stories as much as I did. I wanted to write them all down so I remembered their significance.
Love to my friends and family <3   
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