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Rudolf II. Habsburg

Rudolf II. HabsburgIn 1575 Rudolf II. Habsburg gets on the Czech throne. At first he lived in Vienna and in 1583 moved the imperial court in Prague. Consequently, the Prague Castle and the city are modernized to treat the members of court and ambassadors, mainly from France, Spain, Venice and the Vatican.

The main interests of Rudolf II. include collecting and especially magic. Prague Castle is so full of significant art , magicians and alchemists, who in many cases only exploit the emperor’s favor. What was originally just a hobby later became the mania and Emperor Rudolf II., who has syphilis since 1597, starts listening to the servants, artists and alchemists, instead of giving the advice of his faithful.

The local gentry are becoming increasingly important and in 1609 they compel Emperor Rudolf II. to recognize the freedom of religion (Rudolph Majesty), and later, in 1611, abandoning the throne.

Rudolf II. Habsburg died in 1612 at the Prague Castle and is buried in St. Vitus Cathedral.

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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in History of the Czech Republic

 

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The First Saint of Bohemia

St. Wenceslas murderIt makes sense that the transition from paganism to Catholicism is not simple even if it is desired by the central government. So, in the Bohemian pagan customs remain for a long time. There are already efforts in the period of Great Moravia, but initially without a large response of the people (the mission of Cyril and Methodius in 863).

As the first true “star” of Catholicism in the country can be considered the prince Wenceslas who ruled the country in the years 925-935 and thanks to his education Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2011 in History of the Czech Republic

 

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The Foundation of Prague

History of Prague“The foundation and development of the city are closely related to the presence of Bohemian kings at the Prague Castle.”

Jumping the period of Celtic settlement area of Central Bohemia becomes important with the family of Premyslid. They ruled the country from the late 9th century for more than 400 years and developed it in one of the most powerful kingdoms of Europe. With the development of the state flourishes also the city and Prague is fast becoming one of the largest commercial crossing in central Europe.  Already in the 11th century Prague become, thanks to safety and geography, a meeting place for European, Asians, Arabs and Jews traders. The Jewish community in town very soon receives a special significance. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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House Signs in Prague

House Sign 01On some old houses in the historical center of Prague you can find very special symbols. There are saints, animals, musical instruments or even everyday objects.

House signs on the buildings of Prague began to emerge in the second half of the 14th century. At the end of 14th century there were about 230 houses with signs in Prague. In the late 18th century bore the sign 892 houses. That time their main task, to facilitate orientation, began taking over the numbering of houses. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Prague Sights, Things To Do

 

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Cesky Sternberk Castle

Cesky Sternberk CastleThe castle of Cesky Sternberk was founded in 1241 by Zdeslav of Divisov later called Sternberg. During the times of the Lords of Sternberg, in the 13th century, the fortification of the castle was strengthened by building the north tower with three floors together with the castle walls. In 1465 Zdenek Sternberg found himself at the head of rebellion against King George of Podebrady and two years later he conquered his castle. At the turn of 15th and 16th century, the castle has undergone several changes during which its fortifications were strengthened and the new south tower, the cylinders, and the tower of hunger were constructed. In 1627, during the Thirty Years War, the people have looted the castle. Since the sixties of the 17th century the castle was renovated by the Italian master, Carlo Brentano. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2011 in Castles and Palaces

 

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