Travel Theme: Circles

Let’s start our Circle Prague Tour at Strahov Monastery. However, it won’t be a circle tour where we will start and finish at the same place, we will follow circles in Prague architecture.

On the first shot you see detail of round chapel at Strahov Monastery, circle windows, and when you look closer you can see more circles at the bar in the window. More about Strahov Monastery you can read in my post here:

Strahov Monastery

Strahov Monastery

Strahov Monastery

Then we walk through Hradčany (Castle District) to Prague Castle, and here we visit St. Vitus cathedral with it’s beautiful stained glass windows.

Stained glass window rosette at St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle

Stained glass window rosette at St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle

From Prague Castle we walk down by New Stairs to end up at Little Quarter square with it’s dominant St. Nicholas Church. Our next Circle is inside of the church, the dome, done by a famous baroque architect of Prague – Killian Ignaz Dientzenhofer.

St. Nicholas church, the ...

St. Nicholas church, the dome

On our way to Charles bridge we walk by the building by Three rings, three more circles to our collection.

House by THree rings in Mostecka street

House by Three rings at Mostecka street

This time we just run over Charles bridge to stop under the Old Town Bridge Tower, where we won’t forget to look up at the ceiling, to see the King’s crown (middle circle) and even more circles that ring about King’s Wenceslass IV favourite bird, king fisher.

Crown and king fishers, the roof opf Old Town Bridge Tower on Charles Bridge

Crown and king fishers, the ceiling of passage under the Old Town Bridge Tower on Charles Bridge

Like all other tourists we want to see Astronomical clock, which are rounded shape as well, but also we can’t miss the bottom circle of Astronomical clock with pictures of months and zodiacal signs. The author of the circle is Josef Mánes, reputable Czech painter. The outer circle consists of 366 names written all around, these are the name-days which we celebrate, the pointer at the top shows the current name for today.

Bottom round of Prague Astronomical clock

Bottom round of Prague Astronomical clock

From the Old Town we move to New Town (it’s New, but was founded in the 14th century), where is our boulevard called Wenceslass Square. The buildings around the square have a lot of passages, and Světozor one has the most beautiful garden in the city center, just go through the Tesla circle and the garden is there. But you can’t miss one of the best sweetshops – sugar cafes (we call them “cukrarna”) in Prague with all the creamy cakes and ice-cream cups and bananas in chocolate … this shot is taken just in fromt if the it.

Passage Světozor

Passage Světozor

The most famous passage is very close now, it is passage of Lucerna building, where we find a statue of St. Wenceslass sitting on the horse, but not the original one, which is on the top of the Wenceslass Square, but another version, where Wenceslass is sitting on the horses tummy and the horse reversed tumme and egs up, head down … some kind of provocation of Czech artist. And here we end up our circle tour through Prague.

Passage Lucerna (Lantern) with St. Wenceslass

Passage Lucerna (Lantern) with St. Wenceslass

And one bonus shot at the end, this one was not taken in Prague, you can guess which city is on the picture and I believe it would be rather easy for you :-).

Secret city

Secret city, where is this bridge?

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23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Our Adventure in Croatia
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 13:40:04

    love the reflection of the venetian bridge!


  2. Lost Creek Publishing
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 13:57:01

    I need to get over there sometime. What an interesting place to walk around with my camera!


  3. sethsnap
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 17:09:06

    Beautiful photos.


  4. kz
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 06:40:28

    your circles look divine!!would love to take a walk there..


  5. megtraveling
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 16:04:28

    These pictures are beautiful! And thank you for showing some lovely scenes from Prague 🙂


  6. travelwyse
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 12:02:50

    Reblogged this on travelwyse.


  7. katie
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 17:35:40

    Love these photos! I just visited there, but seeing your photos made me realize a few places that I missed (the St Nicholas church for one), and now I want to go back!


  8. Playamart - Zeebra Designs
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 20:45:54

    you did WELL with your choices for this theme! they are all beautiful!


  9. Peripatetic Eric
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 22:18:43

    I love the circle created by the reflection of the bridge!


  10. Pat
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 23:15:04

    I had been told by friends that Prague is a beautiful city and your pictures confirm this. Oh, now I have to come.


    • PragueByKaty
      Dec 10, 2012 @ 23:16:42

      Let me know when you are here, I will give you some hints or you can ask for my service as a tour guide


      • Pat
        Dec 10, 2012 @ 23:26:54

        Now you are tempting me. I love to travel on my own instead of a tour because tours never give enough time in a city. The problem is not knowing the language to find out where to go and get when I need around the city. It would be great to be able to hire you as a tour guide and to help us find someplace reasonable but convenient to stay. It wouldn’t be for a couple of years but something I want to do a whole lot. My grandparents emigrated from Poland so I would also like to visit there.

      • PragueByKaty
        Dec 10, 2012 @ 23:40:27

        My goal as a tour guide is always that client enjoys the visit; I want to have it tailor made, fulfilling all wishes, if possible. Sigfhtseeing, informations, culture, refreshment, what you prefer for me is the most important thing. But always I can give you at least some hints and recommendation where to go and what to see.

  11. alwaysbobswife
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 01:49:29

    hi Katy, your photos are beautiful and your descriptions added more dimension for us to appreciate them, thank you for sharing. btw, thank you also for visiting and being very generous with your appreciation — APRIL


  12. cocomino
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 07:50:54

    What a great detail. So beautiful. 🙂


  13. john todaro
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 15:04:39

    wonderful group of architectural photos.


  14. Tahira
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 15:37:49

    Perfect choices for he theme but I especially love the “Bonus shot” – great capture of a circle. Is that in Venice?


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