"It is possible to track down all manners of symbols, hidden allegories, and complex systems wowen into the structure and ground plans of many Euroepan cities, the underground passages of Paris, the architectural plans of Heidelberg and Karlsruhe, the symbolism of Jerusalem, and the fascinating symmetry of New York´s Manhattan, which continually command respect and continue to elicit wonder.
None however, veils as many treasures as Prague, in terms of its urban structure, positioning, and balance, nowhere else does Eyptian mystic Hermes Trismegisto´s "As it is below, so its above..." apply so forcefully.
Prague, the metropolis on the Vltava river, is a place where the sky meets the earth, on many levels at once, frozen stars and the fate of cities and people, God´s eternal kingdom and the world mortals, interwined in the stone of Prague´s architecture, watching over innocent passers-by..."
text - Jiri Kuchar - "Praha esotericka"
JOHN LENNON WALL
Probably the most famous wall at Kampa in Prague. It is covered by graffiti with love poetry, philosophical texts and images that was once created by the supporters of the hippie movement. Young people used to meet there in the 1980s after the death of John Lennon to honour his memory by leaving messages on the wall and thus expressed dissatisfaction with the former communist regime that has always tried to remove the graffiti and to disperse the gatherings. Only after the Velvet Revolution in 1989, the wall became widely visited by tourists from all over the world, as evidenced by numerous signatures and tags.
For the unique location in the center of Prague it is a popular attraction not only for the inhabitants of Prague and the Czech Republic, but also foreign tourists. Dominant and the highest building metropolis offers a unique 360 ° prospect with thematically capsules, restaurant, bistro, bar and six-suite. Neighborhood Tower Park Prague surrounds a garden restaurant and a summer terrace. The professional minigolf court was opened in the compound of Mahlerovy sady in June 2014. There will be petanque court soon and also mobile stage with audienece for 500 people will be established in the future.
THE HIGHEST BUILDING IN CZECH REPUBLIC
THE HIGHEST OBSERVATORY IN CZECH REPUBLIC
THE SECOND UGLIEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD
Total height: 216 m
Altitude of the Observatory: 93 m
Altitude of the ONE ROOM HOTEL: 70 m
Restaurants altitude: 66 m
Observatory capacity: 300 people
Restaurant capacity: 180 people
Garden restaurant MIMINOO capacity: 130 people (32 seats inside, 98 seats outside)
Conference center capacity: 140 people
Number of lifts: 2 lifts for the public, 1 service lift
Speed of lifts: 4m1
Lift capacity: Public lift – max. 12 people, service lift – max. 16 people
Number of steps: 736
Number of parking places in the underground garage: 99
Number of parking places in the outdoor parking: 23 places including 3 for disabled
HISTORY AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION
The TV Tower in Žižkov was built between 1985 and 1992 according to the design of Ing. Arch.Václav Aulický and Dr. Ing. Jiří Kozák. Despite critical reactions of local residents who pointed to the contrast of high-tech architecture and the historic neighborhood of Zizkov, the tower was completed. Today, the tower is recognised as a dominant feature of The Prague panorama.
In the years of 2011-2012 the tower undertook a complete refurbishment of its interior. A team of renowned Czech architects and artists were assigned to design the new space and create an interactive environment. The TV Tower was renamed the TOWER PARK PRAHA.
The television transmitter tower is from a technical point of view very unique – the Tower oscillations are eliminated with special pendulums inside the structure, which consists of 3 cylindrical steel tubes and 9 cabins. In these tubes there are situated three cabins, the first at a height of 66 meters, the next one is the Observation cabin at a height of 93 meters and the highest located is the broadcast technology cabin. The base of the building is located at a depth of 15 meters below the surface. The tubes of the tower reach a height of 134 meters.
Since 2000, the babies have become a characteristic part of the tower, namely ten giant babies climbing the tower up and down.The fiberglass sculptures called Miminka (Babies) were originally placed there only temporarily, but they became so popular that they were permanently installed on the tower. To take a closer look at the babies, you can find three of them in Prague’s Kampa Park, with the only difference being that the material used is bronze.
The Babies are the work of the internationally acclaimed Czech artist David Černý, who is known for his provocative and controversial pieces of art. Among his well known works include Entropa, which was placed on the building of the EU Council headquarters in 2009 when the Czech Republic chaired the Council of the European Union.
SURROUNDINGS AND MONUMENTS
The neighbourhood of Zizkov
The districts of Žižkov/ Vinohrady are on one hand located near the town center, but on the other hand are far from the noise and everyday rush. This particular area is known for a number of pubs, cafes and garden restaurants, and it is also a popular location to live. With a lively atmosphere, farmers markets and beautiful residential houses from the early 20th century it is definitely worth a visit when walking through the Old Town.
The Jewish Cemetery
The Jewish cemetery is located in the park which surrounds Zizkov tower. It was founded in 1680 as a plague burial ground for the Jewish community. The remaining preserved part of the cemetery, where you will find tombstones of figures such as Franz Kafka, is now separated by the park walls. From 2001, the cemetery is open to the public, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The National Memorial on Vítkov Hill
The memorial was built between 1929 and 1938 in honor of participants in the fight for the formation of the Czechoslovak Republic. Now it houses a museum of modern history, with a multimedia exhibition. In front of the monument you will find the majestic statue of Jan Žižka on horseback, which is one of the largest equestrian statues in the world.
The one hundred year old park, with an area of approximately 11 hectares, offers a pleasant environment for walking, relaxing and resting on a blanket in the summer, or in the winter children can have fun especially with sledging. The park also offers unique views of Prague Castle, Petrin Hill and other important places in Prague.
The house was built due to the long series of incredible and unexpected coincidences: Vlado Milunić lived in a neighboring house, which belonged to Havel´s family. In 1986, deep in the totality, Václav Havel (then the enemy of the state no. 1) asked him by chance to handle a project of distribution of their apartment in two parts for two brothers. The reconstruction was carried out with the assistance of the secret police. When adjusting the apartment Frank and Václav also naively talked about the fact that it would be amazing if on adjoining plot, which was bombed by the end of WWII, stood a house dedicated entirely to the culture. Then a miracle happened – the Velvet Revolution. And thanks to this historic event Václav became president of the state. Based on a random mention of president Václav, Vlado Milunić received an order to study the corner house with cultural content. He wished the house, which was based on the Velvet Revolution, was its reflection. Therefore, he suggested object composed of two parts, static and dynamic, just like a society, within which its smaller part separated from the statically rigid totalitarian mainstream and released into a world of changes. The project was admired by a friend of Vlado Milunić – Pavel Koch, who happened to be in Prague as a representative of the Dutch company Nationale Nederlanden. For tactical reasons we accidentally got for the realization of the building a suitable partner, architect Frank Gehry. Thanks to another chance, two architects from the opposite ends of the globe built up in a rare concert for Dutch guilders a breathtaking brave gift in Prague which has become a positive symbol of the city - a dance over the end of totalitarianism.
Dancing House is remarkable and magnificent building which has become an integral part of Prague. There had been free space on the corner of Rašín´s waterfront and The Square of Jirásek since 1945. The house, which stood here, was destroyed on February 14 in 1945 by the bombs of US aircraft when the Americans mistook Prague with Dresden. After the final clearance of debris in 1960 the former government had been arguing about the purpose of this place for more than 30 years.
Dancing House was designed by Croatian architect Vlado Milunić along with Frank O. Gehry and British architect of Czech origin Eva Jiřičná. As a result of this cooperation a real masterpiece, which in its concrete structure harbors nine floors and two floors underground, came into being.
Nowadays, the building serves as a newly opened luxury hotel, which offers 21 luxurious rooms with unforgettable views of Prague Castle, a café and a top-floor restaurant. At the top of the house you will find amazing panoramic terrace where you can admire the city and its skyline view.
Building gained its name thanks to the towers that resemble famous figures of dancers, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. A stone tower represents dancer and a glass tower his female partner. At the top of the tower symbolizing the dancer there is a dome with the construction of metal tubes coated with stainless steel mesh-work. The dome is shrouded in imaginary hair and symbolizes the head of jellyfish.
Dancing House was opened in 1996 and the same year won the prestigious award of US magazine Time in the category of design of a year. Equally important is the fact
that Czech National Bank allowed to portray Dancing House on commemorative coins as an example of present building for the cycle “Ten Centuries of Architecture”.
Dancing House has belonged among the controversial constructions of modern architecture in Prague which originated in the nineties.
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