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Prague, Jewel in the Crown

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Prague (Praha in Czech) is the "Jewel in the Crown" of Central Europe. It's the historical capital of Bohemia proper and it has been a political, cultural and economic centre. After the World War I, it became the capital of Czechoslovakia.

It is home to one of Europe's best-preserved old towns, known locally as "Stare Mesto": it was untouched during both World Wars. The heart of the old town is the Old Town Square with its beautiful Orloj, the Astronomical Clock, installed in 1410:it's the third-oldest one in the world, and the oldest one still working.

Every hour, from 8am to 8pm, wooden saints emerge from trap doors. In this zone there's the old Jewish neighbourhood of "Josefov" whose main attractions are the synagogues which, along the Old Jewish Cemetery (the oldest in Europe), make up the Jewish Museum.

The new town (Mala Strana) has a misleading name, since it was founded in 1348 by Charles IV. The other main square in Prague is here: Wenceslas Square, area of hotels, restaurants, shops and clubs, the nightlife and entertainment centre.

Among the main sights there's the Charles Bridge, that connects the Old Town with the Lesser Town, a beautiful 14th century stone bridge which crosses the Vltava River.

During the day it's filled with street musicians, artists, jewelers with hand-crafted jewelry and other craftsmen.

The best-known attraction is Prague Castle, founded in 870 AD, the largest medieval castle in Europe; it was the seat of the Kings of Bohemia, and today the President of the Czech Republic rules from there.

Beer is considered as a national treasure, and Prague is home to a lot of bars and pubs!

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