A Sunny Time in Prague
Trip Start Aug 29, 2010
48Trip End Oct 04, 2010
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Anyways, we learned about the history of the city and how it got it's name. The founders settled at the first location where a man was fixing a doorway as prophesied by their psychic princess, and the town was henceforth named Praha, or doorway
Prague also has a rather large and distinct Jewish quarter with a tragic history. Originally, it was a walled in mud pit filled with dilapidated houses and over 20000 Jews. Then the city knocked down the barrier (which finally allowed the Jews to move out of that section), razed the area and rebuilt it in the Art Nouveau style. Now it is the most expensive and nicest area of the city. They have the oldest active synagogue, the Old New Synagogue, and the Spanish Synagogue built in the Moorish style of architecture. The Jewish cemetery was very impressive too because it held over 100,000 graves in the size of a city block most of them piled over one another in seven to eight layers. Justin told us about the memorial dedicated to the Czech Jews who died in the Holocaust, which lists all the names of the murdered Czech Jews and also houses thousands of paintings done by children in the concentration camp outside of Prague
After this sad portion of history, we finally saw the view of the Charles Bridge and of the Prague Castle from across the river. It was truly stunning. The castle is the largest Medieval castle in the world, something like seven football fields long! More about the castle another day since we're going on the tour on Monday.
We were starved from all this walking so we decided to go back to one of the pubs, U Medviku, we had visited last night since the food and and beer were so good. We had fried cheese, more delicious and real Budweiser beer, traditional beef and bread stew, and a massive potato pancake. The food and drinks were great but combined with all the walking and sun today, we desperately needed a nap! So we went back to our hostel for some relaxation before another pub crawl tonight. More on that tomorrow!