In Praise of Prague
By De Tran
Prague symbolizes Old-World charm and splendor. It certainly is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, famous for its timeless architecture and cultural heritage sites. Relatively unscathed from the battles and bombardments of World War II, Prague has been able to preserve its diversity of architecture over the centuries, from Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo to Neo-Classical and Ultra-Modern. A plethora of concert halls, art galleries, museums and clubs grace the city. Must-see attractions include the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with Astronomical Clock. One cultural hub is the National Theatre of the Czech Republic, which includes the Prague State Opera, reopened after a two-year renovation.
A culinary scene, too, has emerged as the city has garnered a few stars from the Michelin guide, most notably La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise and Field.
From its roots in the Medieval Age, to its claim as Franz Kafka’s birthplace, to its rise from dark years behind the Iron Curtain, Prague has become one of the world’s great cities, a gem of architecture and the arts, a capital city steeped in the history of Central Europe.