On the edge of Prague’s Letná plain, overlooking the Vltava and the Old Town, stand several remarkable buildings from the Belle Époque when Prague was hoping to become the Paris of the East. One of these structures is the Hanau Pavilion, a church-like edifice of cast iron and bricks built to demonstrate the dynamic development of Bohemian industry. Today as in the past, its restaurant offers amazing views of the capital.
Prague City Hall wants significant changes to the municipal development plan over the coming years, the Czech Press Agency reports. According to the agency, the changes would include a transformation of industrial zones in Vysočany and Ruzně into residential areas and potentially redevelop the area of Strahov Stadium. The current city administration says the new development plan will not be ready until at least 2014, a considerable postponement from the plans of the previous administration. The city is already discussing three packages for major city-wide changes, including the reconstruction of three train stations as well as metro and transport structures.
The first Prague Pride march in support of sexual minorities set off across the city centre on Saturday, the main event of the five-day Tolerance Festival. Roughly 5,000 rainbow-clad marchers met at Náměstí Republiky at 1 p.m. and set out for Střelecký Ostrov, where a music festival will be held. Thousands of bystanders also stopped to watch the parade. The prcession was met by a small group of some 40 right-wing extremists at Jungmannově náměstí, some of whom hurled plastic bottles and insults; no other conflicts occurred. A counter-event organised by young Christian Democrats saw about 200 and ended before the gay pride march began.
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In this edition of our Sunday Music Show, we’ll hear songs inspired by the Czech capital, its beauty, its people and some of the events that took place there. Throughout the centuries, many writers, painters and other artists have been captured by the city’s charm but in our show today, we will listen to songs by foreign artists including Nick Cave, British Sea Power, Slayer, Joaquin Sabina, Vladimir Troshin, and others.
The Culture Committee of the Czech Senate on Wednesday voted in favour of
revising the planned demolition of a building on Prague’s Wenceslas
Square. Committee members argued Prague City Hall officials who approved
the demolition as well as Culture Minister Jiří Besser who backed their
decision failed to take into account experts’ opinions on the matter.
Earlier this year, Prague City Hall approved a request by the owner of the 130-year-old building to demolish it and build an office complex in its place. The plan has raised concerns both among the public and preservationists.
Standing in the centre of the Clementinum – if you can locate such a thing in the labyrinth – you are surrounded by around a millennium of history and millions of volumes of books inside one of the most beautifully preserved masterpieces of Baroque art the city of Prague has to offer. This is the seat of the Czech National Library and the whispering and rustling that echoes through its grand halls add perfectly to its natural mysteriousness.
It was exactly 120 years ago this week that Praguers got their first ride in an electric tram. Today they are a staple of the city’s hilly streets and state-of-the-art wagons have long been one of the country’s best products. To mark the occasion and remind the city what its first trams were like, the National Technical Museum has opened up its garage and sent a fleet of historic trams back out into the traffic.
Police are looking for witnesses of an accident in Prague in which a car crashed off a bridge and plunged into the river. The accident occurred when two cars crashed on Hlávkův Bridge in central Prague at around 5:30 PM on Saturday. One of the vehicles, broke through the railing and plunged into the river; its driver was rescued from the water only after some 25 minutes, and is in hospital in critical condition. Passers-by who witnessed the accident told rescue workers there were more passengers in the vehicle; however, rescue workers called off the search after only the driver was found inside. Police have asked any witnesses to contact them.
Major new residential and office district to go up in Prague’s Hagibor district
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Czechs set to go beyond EU proposals on ‘dual quality’ foods, products with outright ban
Czech hiking trails mark 130 years
Rainbow Map of Europe shows relative position of sexual minorities worsening in Czechia