Praha, Czech

Praha -Czech Republic

Kota Tua Praha merupakan kawasan cagar budaya UNESCO #WHS616. Pada Kartupos yang dikirim dari Praha (29 Oktober 2014) terlihat sebagian kawasan kota tua Praha, Menara Jam menjadi pusat wisatawan yang ramai dikunjungi setiap hari. (Terima kasih, Vladimir, Ceko).

Kota Praha (Ibukota Republik Ceko) di Eropa Timur dibangun antara abad ke-11 dan abad ke-18. Semua bagian wilayah pusat kota Praha menjadi cagar budaya UNESCO mengingat berbagai bentuk arsitektur dan kebudayaan yang mempengaruhinya sejak abad Pertengahan. Banyak sekali bangunan bersejarah dikawasan ini, termasuk kastil Hradcani, Kathedral St. Vitus, Jembatan Charles dan sejumlah gereja dan kastil yang rata-rata dibangun pada abad ke-14 dimasa pemerintahan Kekaisaran Romawi, Charles IV.

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe in terms of its setting on both banks of the Vltava River, its townscape of burger houses and palaces punctuated by towers, and its individual buildings.

The Historic Centre represents a supreme manifestation of Medieval urbanism (the New Town of Emperor Charles IV built as the New Jerusalem). The Prague architectural works of the Gothic Period (14th and 15th centuries), of the High Baroque of the 1st half of the 18th century and of the rising modernism after the year 1900, influenced the development of Central Europe, perhaps even all European architecture. Prague represents one of the most prominent world centres of creative life in the field of urbanism and architecture across generations, human mentality and beliefs.

Prague belongs to the group of historic cities which have preserved the structure of their development until the present times. Within the core of Prague, successive stages of growth and changes have respected the original grand-scale urban structure of the Early Middle Ages. This structure was essentially and greatly enlarged with urban activities in the High Gothic period with more additions during the High Baroque period and in the 19th century. It has been saved from any large-scale urban renewal or massive demolitions and thus preserves its overall configuration, pattern and spatial composition.

In the course of the 1100 years of its existence, Prague’s development can be documented in the architectural expression of many historical periods and their styles. The city is rich in outstanding monuments from all periods of its history. Of particular importance are Prague Castle, the Cathedral of St Vitus, Hradćany Square in front of the Castle, the Valdgtejn Palace on the left bank of the river, the Gothic Charles Bridge, the Romanesque Rotunda of the Holy Rood, the Gothic arcaded houses round the Old Town Square, the High Gothic Minorite Church of St James in the Stark Mĕsto, the late 19th century buildings and town plan of the Nave Mĕsto.

As early as the Middle Ages, Prague became one of the leading cultural centres of Christian Europe. The Prague University, founded in 1348, is one of the earliest in Europe. The milieu of the University in the last quarter of the 14th century and the first years of the 15th century contributed among other things to the formation of ideas of the Hussite Movement which represented in fact the first steps of the European Reformation. As a metropolis of culture, Prague is connected with prominent names in art, science and politics, such as Charles IV, Petr Parléř, Jan Hus, Johannes Kepler, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Kafka, Antonín Dvořák, Albert Einstein, Edvard Beneš (co-founder of the League of Nations) and Václav Havel.

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