The city of hundred spires built on the banks of the meandering Vltava River has been quickening the heartbeats of poets, painters, and photographers for centuries. It is a cult, administrative, cultural, business and industrial center of the Czech Republic. In the past it was the capital of the Czech kingdom and the residence of the rulers and archbishops – all this for an uninterrupted period of thousand years. History of Prague in many ways resembles the history of the Czech state. First a settlement around the Prague Castle and, later, the Vysehrad Castle as well, evolved into a town with all the town privileges in the 1230s, and developed into a self confident agglomeration of Prague towns. Under the emperor Charles IV. in the 14th century, it was one of the capitals of the Christian world, the seat of the first Trans-Alpine university and huge building works, some 250 years later, during the reign of Rudolf II, it became a mysterious metropolis full of artists, scientist and well studied rabbis.
He who first referred to Prague as a symphony in stone has perfectly captured its nature, a peculiar rhythmic beauty literally pervading the city. In some towns, art and beauty are haphazard additions. Prague has an unusual concentration of theatres, concert and exhibition halls, museums and galleries. It is a city where creation and reception of art have a long-standing tradition. Present-day Prague is also a city of trade fairs and a business hub. Known for centuries for its hospitality, Prague offers innumerable attractions and has as many faces as one can imagine. Each visitor is certainly able to choose what pleases him or her the most.
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