Prague, Czech Republic

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JUNE 13, 2009 – JUNE 25, 2009

Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It has operated as the political and cultural center in the Bohemian region for more than a millennium. Today, it is one of the top tourist destinations in Europe, with almost half of the national income resulting from tourism. To protect the character of the historic center, it has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1992. The city is known by many nicknames such as “the mother of cities,” “city of a hundred spires,” and “the golden city.” However, its official name is “Hlavni mestro Praha,” meaning “Prague, the Capital City.” The etymology of the name comes from the Slavic root, “praga”, meaning “ford”, referring to the city’s location on the Vltava River … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]

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Old Town Square

Prague, Czech Republic

Old Town Square

Old Town Square has been the central most space in Prague for over a millennium. Being surrounded by many important structures, including the Astronomical Clock, St. Nicholas Church, Church of Our Lady before Tyn, and various important houses and palaces, only reinforces its importance within historic Prague. Throughout its history, Old Town Square has traditionally been a marketplace where various goods were sold from a range of locations surrounding the city, as it was an important crossing of European merchant roads. The oldest name of the space was the Big Square before later becoming known as the Old Market in the 13th century and Old Town Place or the Large Old Town Square even later. The present name Old Town Square dates back to the end of the 19th century … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]