Thursday, July 24, 2014

Welcome to Prague - the city of churches

Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Situated on the Vltava River in central Bohemia, Prague has been the political, cultural and economic centre of the Czech state for more than 1,100 years.
Today, the city is home to about 1.2 million people.

The name Prague (in its various manifestations: Prague, Prag, Praha, Praga) appears in several geographic names also abroad: there is a Prague in Poland, which is a suburb of Warsaw. In Germany, by the River Ilz, which originates in the Šumava Mountains and runs into the Danube, lies the town of Prag. In the U.S.A., there are seven different Pragues in various states: the largest is New Prague in Minnesota, Prague in Oklahoma and also in Arkansas, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and Texas. They were all founded by Czech immigrants.

Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the world-famous UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, making the city one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, receiving more than 4.1 million international visitors annually.

Prague is traditionally one of the cultural centers of Europe, hosting many cultural events. There are hundreds of concert halls, galleries, cinemas and music clubs in the city. Prague hosts Music Festivals including the Prague Spring International Music Festival, the Prague Autumn International Music Festival and the Prague International Organ Festival.
Film festivals include the Febiofest, the One World and Echoes of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Prague also hosts the Prague Writers' Festival, the Summer Shakespeare Festival, the Prague Fringe Festival, the World Roma Festival as well as hundreds of vernissages and fashion shows.

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