The body of 24-year old Nina H. was found in Hvězda park Monday morning, after being missing since Friday. It is believed that 34-year old Jan P., who committed suicide via jumping in front of a metro train on Friday, is connected to the woman’s death. Police spokeswoman Eva Kropáčová said: “Late last night, we confirmed that the body found in Hvězda Park was that of the missing 24-year old woman who unfortunately suffered a traumatic death.” According to idnes.cz, the identity of the body was also confirmed by the woman’s sister who made a Facebook post about it. The post has since been deleted but messages of condolence have poured in. Confirmed by camera surveillance footage, Nina was last
In late October a fire virtually destroyed a 17th century wooden church in Prague’s Kinsky Gardens that had been transported from Carpathian Ruthenia in 1929. Plans are already afoot to rebuild the Church of St. Michael – and a highly detailed 3D image created by US photographer Jeffrey Martin could provide a great deal of help in that regard.
As was already anticipated, due to the current epidemiological situation, there will be no big Christmas markets in Prague’s Old Town this year. However, a tree would be in place and some small-scale individual tents with food might be present, yet no huge celebration is possible. Christmas markets are an annual tradition in the Czech Republic, but to avoid large groups of people gathering in one place, the government decided to give up plans for holding the habitual celebrations. Similarly, the Signal Festival also got cancelled earlier last month for same reasons. “Given the epidemiological situation, it would probably be very inappropriate to hold Christmas markets and prepare them to the extent and size we are used to from previous
Umělecká Zahrada or the Arts Garden in Prague’s district of Nusle is located at the site of a former sculpting studio established in the 1920s by Karel Novák. Over the thirty years of its existence, some of the country’s most famous statues were created here, including the memorial to Jan Hus on the Old Town Square by Ladislav Šaloun.
Despite loosing its licence, this exchange office in Prague continued doing business. Honest Guides had to step in.
Prague’s Black Madonna cafe introduced a new dessert modeled in the form of the coronavirus. The pandemic inspired its shape and visual representation. The café is located on Celetná street in the Old Town district and the treat can be seen in the cafe’s dessert display case. There is a small description card that simply says: “virus.” This dessert is mostly covered with chocolate, filled with pistachios and raspberry. Its size is about the same as a tennis ball. It’s known by its special “spikes” composed of white chocolate and dried raspberries, which create an unusual shape that is heavily similar to the simplified appearance of coronavirus, which recently became a highly recognizable part of the popular culture. While the
A move is afoot to put nobleman Josef Václav Radecký of Radče – arguably the greatest Czech military commander in history – back on a pedestal. This July, the local district of Prague 1 adopted a resolution paving the way for its return to Malostranské náměstí, the historic square where it had stood from 1858 until 1919.
On Monday, October 5, a protest by restaurant workers took place in the center of Prague. Waiters, bartenders, chefs, and restaurant owners demanded from the government to lift the quarantine measures, which – according to the protestors – scare away the visitors and deprive them of their earnings. According to the current order of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, catering establishments throughout the country can only work until 22:00. Besides, a limit has been introduced for the number of participants in public events in indoor spaces – no more than 10 people. These measures significantly hit the restaurant business. According to the new restrictions, a distance of at least 1,5 meters must be maintained between the tables
Outside the picturesque city center, Prague’s concrete panelák apartments solved a need for fast, modern housing in the Communist era. They’re still thriving today.
One of Prague’s largest Baroque monuments, the Invalidovna in the city’s district of Karlín, is set to undergo major renovations. The Czech National Heritage Institute, which administers the building, has just unveiled plans that include striking new extensions made of glass and steel.