"Prague, a city of the heart of Europe, built on the cultural
heritage of generations, carrying in its walls the strength of
the past and the present.
Prague , majestic in its ancient architecture, majestic even in
historic bondage, with a hundred spires that strive for the sky.
Always open to accept the worthy, a magnet for the fulfillment of
the spiritual in mankind.
A magical city, which reveals much, but veils even more.
There are cities, which have witnessed centuries, cities that
were the focus of battles, joyful victories, sometimes cruel
defeat, either shined on, or damned, in history´s unfolding.
Cities that, nevertheless, retain their identitry, their unique
place in the world, their unconquerable character.
Metropolises where science complements art, where mystery molds
with life, and beauty marries form.
Places of magnificient energy, flowing from unknown sources,
which have their own enticing quality, inner rythms, and hidden
In all probability, cities such as this can only ever come into
being in chosen areas where the earth and sky meet.
The great metropolises are sought out by bearers of the spirit,
who understand the past as well as the time they live, and set
the course for generations to come, bringing order to the places
they inhabit, forever leaving their mark..."
Prague has always been a city of astrologers, and has many
buildings which bear signs of the Zodiac, in many
variations.Following the Zodiac alone one can find out about
existing and lost house signs in the Old Town, Little Quarter,
and Hradcany, which include The Golden Ram, The Black Bull, Adam
and Eve´s, The Silver Crab, The White Unicorn, The Blue Lion, The
Divine Well, or The Golden Carp.
The Two Red Lions, which gave the name to a building which lies
at the entrance of the winding , serpentine streets of the Old
Town, can be interpreted as wto Custodians of Prague long turned
to stone. Throughout the world the Lion represents Regal power,
in Christianity it represents the apparition of the living word
and in astrology it symbolises the fire signs under the Sun, as
well as health, strength, and new life. The Lion in alchemy
symbolises sulphur, though in red he represents a finished
Philosopher´s Stone, sought after for generations by those
seeking the meaning of life.
The Two Red Lions stand watch over Prague, and those who wander
its streets, which continued vigilance:
Petrarca, Parler, Bruno, Shakespeare, Dee, Brahe, Kepler, Boehme,
Descartes, Swedenborg, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Kafka, Tesla,
Einstein, Brod, Rilke, Edison, Steiner, Brunton, Tenhaeff, Grof,
Dalai Lama, Sri Chinmoy, Coelho, ...all visited the Golden City
and were never able to forget it.
"During Bruno´s sojourn Giordano Bruno published a book entitled
160 Articles Against Contemporary Mathematicians and
Philisiphers, which he dedicated to Rudolph II. The book was
published in Prague at the printing-house of Jakub Jiri
"The spirit of the Renaissance was a new light dawning over
Europe after the lengthy dark ages: the Renaissance began at the
end of the 13th century and reached its peak at the end of the
16th century. The rapid development of the human spirit, along
with the discovery of the New World, revolutionary new knowledge
in astronomy and cosmology, and a new understanding of man and
the immortal soul, provoked a backlash from the Church. The Holy
Officium, an institution of the Inquisition founded in 1542, was
given an edict in the form of malleus Maleficarum, a book which
prescribed dateiled instructions on how to deal with witches..."
"Giordano Bruno was born in this period and would grow into a man
of rare calibre. He became the fulfilment of the ideal
Renaissance scholar, a follower of the Polish heretic Copernicus,
a reador of Plato, Aristotel and Virgil, and an admirer of the
Spanish alchemist-monk Raymond Lull. He was a former Dominican
monk and he spent most of life in exile or travelling through
foreign countries. He travelled in countries where the arm of the
Inquisition was short, and was unable to catch Bruno in its
grasp. On Easter of 1588, Bruno found his way to Rudolph II´s
At the time Prague was a city where even a scholar labelled a
"Cathar in disguise" was safe from harassment. Bruno stayed there
for only a short time, not more than six months, but came to be
regarded as a peer among those close to the emperor, Rudolph
himslef held Bruno in high regard. Consequently, Bruno dedicated
one of two books he published in Prague to the enlightened
During his stay Bruno also lectured at Charles University, and it
is likely he resided at the univirsity residence in the
Carolinum, which was regularly inhabited by university
Though Bruno received a favourable welcome from his coleagues and
the promise of a secure existence, the residency was not enough
to entice Bruno to remain. He longed for his homeland, Italy. In
1591 he accepted an invitation from Venetian nobleman Mocenigo,
to teach him the Art of Memory.
Mocenigo was a spiteful man, and when he suspected the scholar of
holding back knowledge he handed Bruno to the Inquisition. Bruno
spent 8 years in prison, and was burnt at the stake in Rome in
1600. For the next century his works were pronounced
text - Jiri Kuchar - "Praha esotericka"
Prague - historical pearl of Europe - is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Textbook of architectural styles with its wealth of monuments, a city filled with music, romance and nostalgia is mainly a modern city full of life! Since 1992 the historical core of the city covering 866 hectares has been listed in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
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