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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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Monochrome

Photograph of Prague

Photograph of Prague

Though lacking hue, monochromatic images often have more character than their coloured counterparts. In a coloured image, the colours stand out and draw all the attention of the viewer. Hence little or no attention is given to other important aspects of the image such as texture, shadow and contrast. In a monochrome photograph, however, without the presence of distracting colours, it is much easier to examine and admire these aspects of the image.

Prague’s Old Town in the heart of the Czech capital is a place like no other. Walking down the narrow, cobbled streets flanked by small, neat buildings and the occasional church is a unique experience that can be matched by few others. Hours at end can be wiled away with ease on these streets, just roaming around, taking in the architectural beauty and rich history of the surroundings. Despite the crowds of tourists, there is an atmosphere of tranquillity that is becoming exceedingly difficult to find in modern cities. There is no traffic, no sense of urgency and nobody telling you to hurry along. There is something unique and exciting to be found at almost every corner, from a Museum of Torture Devices to a shop dedicated solely to clocks. Prague is truly a city unlike any other in the world, and it is not difficult to see why tourists so love it.

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

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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“)