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Old Town Square

So it’s time for some mini-series with photos taken during four trips I made between October 2018 and February 2019. You may know that I visited the Czech capital of Prague about six weeks ago, since I have already posted one photo from this trip, showing Gehry’s Dancing House, but here’s a photo from Prague’s Old Town. I guess the contrast with my recent North American Travelogue could hardly be any bigger.

This is Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí), one of the most famous parts of the city. The square is dominated by the twin towers of the Týn Church (Týnský charm, officially: Church of Mother of God before Týn), a Gothic church with 80-metre tall twin towers, which was completed in the 1450s. To the left of it you can see Kinský Palace (Palác Kinských), a Rococo building, built by the Golz family between 1755 and 1765, later owned by the Kinský family and now part of the Czech National Gallery. At the far left hand side you can just see a part of the Jan Hus Memorial, unveiled in 1915 and dedicated to Jan Hus (c. 1369-1415), a Czech theologian and church reformer.

And in case you wonder what that large polar bear was doing there (there was a gorilla as well), your guess is as good as mine. I think they were just street entertainers, but I didn’t bother having a closer look. I took this photo right after I had arrived, checked into my hotel and walked to the city centre. As you can see, the moon was out earlier at that time.

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Exif Data:
Make: SONY
Model: DSC-HX400V
Software: PaintShop Pro 16,00
Exposure Time: 1/500 sec
F-Stop: f/4.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 80
Focal Length: 430/100 mm
Date Taken: 2019-02-16 15:33
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode
File Size: 1064 kb

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