Monday, 9 December 2013

It's Beginning to Look A lot Like Christmas.... In Prague

What is one to do on a Sunday in Prague two and a half weeks before Christmas? Check out the Christmas markets of course! So, where did I go? I started off in Wenceslas Square, moved towards the Old Town Square, down to Charles Bridge and up to Ujezd. Here it all is in pictures....

Wenceslas Square, looking up towards the National Museum.

Cafe Tramvaj (tram).

Wenceslas Square.

The Christmas market on Wenceslas Square.

The Christmas tree on Wenceslas Square. 

More of the Christmas Market.

Walking towards the Old Town Square with the Astronomical Clock in the background.

The Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square.

The Old Town Square.

The Old Town Square Market with Tyn Church in the background.

The Old Town Square market.

Old Town Square with St Nicholas Church in the background.

Horse and carriages can be enjoyed for weary travellers.

The Old Town Square.

The Christmas Tree in The old Town Square.

The Astronomical Clock.

The entrance to Charles Bridge.

St Salvator Church, in front of Charles Bridge.

A view of the castle from Charles Bridge.

Charles Bridge.

A statue of St John of Nepomuk. Touch the below plaques for good luck and the promise of a return to Prague! A few metres away is a cross you should also touch with your left hand for good luck. This marks the exact spot of where the priest was thrown into the water in the year 1383.

Love locks. Couples attach a padlock to this gate to symbolise their everlasting love. Located in Mala Strana, close to Charles Bridge.

The John Lennon wall. Created during the 1980's, this has been painted over by the authorities in the past but repainted again shortly after. It is said to symbolise peace and love.

Candles are lit and placed by the John Lennon Wall.

A Communism memorial just off Ujezd in Mala Strana. It consists of several bronze statues gradually disintegrating until there is nothing left. This is said to represent the gradual mental and physical deterioration of man living under the totalitarian regime, read more about it here.

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