The Charles Bridge, a stone Gothic bridge connecting Old Town and New Town are a popular tourist attraction. Charles IV, the Holy Roman Emperor built the bridge in 1357 as a trade route and over the centuries it was beautified with a continuous alley of Baroque statues of saints. Though the replicas have replaced the original, tourists still love walking across the bridge to visit the various kiosks, vendors and admire painters paint masterpieces of the bridge.
Prague is dotted with various medieval churches that are open to the public free of charge. This includes the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn where famous Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe is buried. The highlight of the church is its impressive 20-story high towers, rising above the neighboring timid houses.
St. Vitus Cathedral, the country's most important and biggest church is the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. Located within the Prague Castle, the visually overwhelming cathedral contains the tombs of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors. Entrance is charged, but a part of the structure can be visited for free. One can hear the ring of all seven cathedral's bells every Sunday afternoon.
Old Town Square
The Old Town Square with its Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque buildings claims the Middle Ages of the 12th century. Notable sites include the Astronomical Clock or Orloj, dating to 1410 making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and oldest one working. On its 600th anniversary, a multimedia presentation on the face of the clock tower showed its internal mechanisms and the historical events marking the passage of time.
The office of the current Czech Republic's President and in the past to many Kings of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperors, Prague Castle is the biggest castle in the world. It is also home to the Czech Crown Jewels. The premises of the castle containing the beautiful gardens and the sight of ceremonial changing of the guard is open to the public for free. The exhibition halls and historical monuments, of course, come at a price. The castle complex remains open until midnight in the summer season so that visitors can capture the beauty of the night sky.
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