It’s hard to believe that there are only 3 more weeks left on this amazing journey in Prague for us Mounties studying here this semester. No! I don’t want this experience to end!
I apologize to all the readers looking forward to a blog about running, but I actually took a break this week. Instead, I decided to visit a few of the most popular as well as famous public attractions in Prague: the Astronomical clock, Old Town Square, and Wenceslaus Square.
This past weekend, the Czechs celebrated 100 years of independence. On October 28, 1918, Czechoslovakia declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian empire. On January 1, 1993, the Czech Republic and Slovakia peacefully dissolved into the two sovereign states we know today.
This milestone is a huge symbol for the Czechs, much like July 4 for Americans. To mark the 100th anniversary, they reopened the National Museum which had been closed for major renovations since 2011. The museum was founded 200 years ago and is very important to the nation because it marked an intellectual shift in the area. At the time of the museum’s original founding, the Bohemian nobility were in control of most things in the nation-state: Politics, money, and knowledge were chief among the things they controlled. The establishment of the museum, however, changed this: It was created to serve everyone which lifted the control the nobles had, especially on knowledge. The museum has gone through an extensive amount of reconstruction that cost about 600 million czk, which is over $26 million USD. This is a crazy amount! Nonetheless the building looks beautiful, and people were very excited that part of it was reopened this weekend.
As a tribute to the 100 years’ celebration, the Prague Astronomical clock was revamped and opened to the public about a month ago. It is a beautiful medieval structure, with the same clock that has been operating since the 15th century. This clock can be found in Old Town Square which is a very touristy area, so you can imagine the amount people that were there this weekend.
The livelihood of the people and the excitement of the celebrations were amazing. It was really fun being able to see the Czech people rejoice on their nation’s history.
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