A short presentation about Prague
Prague, "magic capital of Europe", will take you to a romantic paradise. The city with its one hundred bell-towers is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. In the heart of Europe, first of all a royal city, then an imperial city, later a provincial village and finally the capital of a re-emergent modern state, Prague has an image of the "mother of the cities", with an incomparable architectural and artistic heritage. Indeed, the particularity of the city is its many architectural riches; many buildings date from the Gothic period such as the Charles Bridge as well as many Renaissance and Baroque palaces.
The huge Baroque facades of the Clementinum or the Church of St. Nicholas represent the Counter-Reformation and the re-catholicization of Prague. The legacy of the Bohemian period can be seen in the National Theatre and the National Museum. Another type of architecture that has a certain importance is the Prague art nouveau style and modern cubist architecture.
The central area of Prague comprises five historical districts: Hradcany or the castle district, Mala Strana, the Jewish quarter or Josefov, Stare Mesto or the old town and Nove Mesto or new town. These districts are separated by the Vltava River and linked by the famous Charles Bridge.
Due to the fact that the historical centre is not very big and as most monuments are concentrated in a small area, Prague is one of the rare capitals which can be visited entirely on foot.