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Prague Skyline

Photograph of Prague Skyline

Photograph of Prague Skyline

Prague, like many European cities, has a wonderful blend of two opposite kinds of architecture: historical and modern. In this photograph, both of these types of architecture can be seen.

In the center of this photograph is one of the best-preserved and most beautiful buildings in all of Prague: the Church of Saint Nicholas. If one looks closely, the two black spires of another church can also be seen to the right of the massive green dome. On the other side of the dome, however, there is evidence of Prague’s modern side. Three skyscrapers dominate the skyline, and looking closely, one can see cranes in operation, perhaps constructing more, even taller buildings.

While development and infrastructural expansion is inevitable in cities all around the world, it should not come at the cost of the loss of historical heritage. It is the duty of city councils, builders and citizens to ensure that development is carried out responsibly and in a manner that is not threatening to historically or culturally valuable buildings. Prague is a fine example of a city where the historical heritage has been well preserved.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: “Wanderlust“)

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Church of Bones

Photograph of a skull

Photograph of a skull

Prague is a city that is gaining rapid popularity among tourists from all over the world. Its beautiful architecture and rich heritage make it one of Europe’s most visited cities.

Prague has also been the setting of several vampire stories over the ages. The city, which was once the centre of a region known as Transylvania (which is commonly associated with vampires in literature and cinema), has a dark side that few people are exposed to. Behind the appealing architecture and neat houses, there are some chilling and creepy places that are not frequented by tourists. For example, when I visited Prague, I saw a Museum of Torture Devices in an alley. While some part of me was interested, I simply could not bring myself to enter.

Near Prague lies a small town called Kutna Hora. Due to its splendid architecture and rich historical connections, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the buildings that contributes to its World Heritage Site status is the Cedlec Ossuary. The Cedlec Ossuary is literally a Church of Bones. Inside there are thousands of bones arranged in all sorts of ways. The highlight of the place is the huge bone chandelier that is claimed to contain every bone in the human body. The place is eerily timeless, arousing grim thoughts in anybody who visits.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Details“, “Face“, “State of Mind“, “Time“, “Eye Spy“, “Monochromatic” and “Creepy“)