Prague, Czech Republic, October 2005

A collage of 25 photos taken in central Prague.
A collage of 25 photos taken in central Prague. Highlights include: the 14th century Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn with its 80-metre high twin towers seen from Old Town Square; the impressive 15th century Powder Tower, a 65-metre high Gothic tower, originally one of the city gates, and later used as a gun powder store; a bronze statue of Charles IV (1316-1378) in Križovnické Square, he was first King of Bohemia and later became Holy Roman Emperor; the large stone and bronze Jan Hus Memorial in Old Town Square, it commemorates Jan Hus a Protestant reformer who was burnt at the stake as a heretic in 1415 and the Hussite Wars which followed that event; views of the 70-metre high tower of the 14th century Old Town Hall standing in Old Town Square; looking along the Vltava (Moldau) river with Charles Bridge in the distance; a female friend of Tony’s standing in front of a statue on the medieval Charles Bridge; a billboard poster advertising the Museum of Communism; photos taken at the railway station (Praha Hlavní Nádraží) and inside a compartment on a train.
A collage of 35 photos.
A collage of 35 photos, including a series of pictures taken both outside and inside St. Vitus Cathedral, which is located within the grounds of Prague Castle. This Roman Catholic cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. The first church on this site is believed to date from circa 930, with construction of the current church beginning in 1344. The dramatic Gothic exterior can be seen including a large pair of spires on the western facade and a tower topped with a spire on the south facade. Other visible features include flying buttresses and many pinnacles along the roof. Several photos show the large Gothic windows embellished with colourful stained glass. Inside the high vaulted ceiling and tall columns supporting Gothic arches are shown. There are photos taken around Prague Castle with several showing views over the city from its hillside location. Prague Castle is an extensive complex of buildings originating in the 9th century. Today it houses the official office of the Czech President. Kohl’s Fountain in Prague Castle’s second courtyard is shown. This sandstone fountain was erected in 1686. Another shot shows a sentry box with a ceremonial guard in front and Tony’s friend alongside. Elsewhere in the city, there are photos in the middle of historic Legion Bridge, and a view of the Malá Strana Bridge Tower, which is the gate at the west end of Charles Bridge leading to the Malá Strana or Lesser Town neighbourhood.
A collage of 17 photos.
A collage of 17 photos, seven of these show the Old Jewish Cemetery, with rows of old grave stones many standing at irregular angles. The cemetery is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and one of the most important Jewish historical monuments in Prague. It was in use from the first half of 15th century until 1786. Two photos show the Franz Kafka statue erected in 2003. This unusual bronze statue depicts Franz Kafka riding on the shoulders of a giant headless figure, in reference to the author’s 1912 story “Description of a Struggle”. It is located in Prague’s Jewish Quarter. The Art Nouveau building in the left middle of the collage is the Restaurace u Staré Synagogy, or the Restaurant at the Old Synagogue, which is again in the Jewish Quarter. Second from left at the top is the Neo-Renaissance style Rudolfinum. This building is situated in Jan Palach Square on the bank of the Vltava river. It contains a concert hall and is home to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. There is also a photo of Tony waving alongside two friends.