Most visitors to Prague stick to the “royal mile”, the magical stretch of “open-air museum” from Wenceslas Square, over Charles Bridge, to Prague Castle. Many sights in Prague are easy to reach with public transport.
Metro station Jiřího z Poděbrad (George of Poděbrady) on the green- or A-line takes people east to the Vinohrady neighbourhood. At street level is the square bearing the same name. Visible from the square are the Žižkov television tower (Žižkovská televizní věž), and the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord (Kostel Nejsvětějšího Srdce Páně).
Born 23 April 1420, George of Poděbrady was crowned Czech king in 1458, and had ideas of a pan-European parliament to counter Ottoman expansion in the east. His extraordinary but unsuccessful attempt in 1464 at a peace treaty among similarly-minded Christian kingdoms and territories (“Tractatus pacis toti Christianitati fiendae”) may be seen as medieval predecessor to a “European union of nations”.
“George” has the corresponding Prague metro station Jiřího z Poděbrad, which is identified in the Radiohead song “A Reminder”. At about the 7-second mark into the song, a recorded voice issues the following public address message:
Ukončete výstup a nástup, dveře se zavírají. Příští stanice: Jiřího z Poděbrad.
(Do not enter or exit, doors closing. Next station: George of Poděbrady.)
(Go to the 16:10 mark in this YouTube audio.)
I made both photos on 4 August 2013 with the Canon EOS450D, 18-55 IS II kit-lens. Settings are 1/250s, f/8, ISO100, 18mm (29mm full-frame) for the top photo; and 1/10s, f/3.5, ISO800, 18mm (29mm full-frame) for the bottom photo. Both images have been corrected for geometric distortion. The camera’s shutter assembly died shortly after I made these photos. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6By.