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Letenské sady, Letná Park, Vltava, Moldau, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: “Touha”, Praha Letná

“Touha”.

A longing or deep desire.

“Sehnsucht.”

The picture above is a west-facing view of the Vltava (Moldau) river as it winds through the Czech Republic’s capital city of Prague whose historic centre on both sides of the river is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I am here in Praha, with as much love I can spare for the city.

I made the photo above on 5 December 2008 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/6-sec, f/5.6, ISO200, and 55mm focal length (88mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-92x.

Church of Our Lady before Týn, Týnský chrám, Old Town Square, Staroměstské náměstí, dawn, Praha, Prague, Czech Republic - 28 July 2013, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Praha’s Old Town, Týn silhouettes at dawn

In the quiet time before sunrise, there are only a few people scattered about Old Town Square in Prague. Some are delivering stock to the stores ringing the square. Others are on their last legs after a late night of drinking, while others are, like me, up and about in the relative darkness of dawn to enjoy the cool still morning air in anticipation of another hot summer day. Facing east, the skyline is dominated by the twin spires of the Týn Church (Týnský chrám). This entire site is part of the larger historic city centre that’s been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992.

I made the photo above on 28 July 2013 with the Canon EOS450D (XSi) camera, EF-S 18-55 IS II zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/125s, f/8, ISO100, 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-5wE.

Fall morning, Petrin Hill, Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Autumn morning on Prague’s Petrin hill

Orange light during the “golden hour” provides an exceptionally warm glow over fall foliage. Looking out from Prague’s Charles Bridge to the western flank of the Vltava river, Petřín hill seems to come alive with “fire”, dressed with the leaves’ changing colours. There aren’t many people around at this early morning hour, and aside from a few joggers and other visitors, the view belongs entirely to me. Kampa Museum on Kampa Island appears in the foreground to the lower left. The medieval defensive wall, the Hunger Wall, appears at top-centre in the background, running down diagonally to the lower-left.

I made the image above from the Charles Bridge on 7 October 2009 with the Canon EOS450D (XSi), EF 70-300 zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/200s, f/11, ISO200, 70mm focal length (112mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-5Of.

Jan Hus (John Huss), Pomník mistra Jana Husa, Jan Hus Memorial, Chrám Matky Boží před Týnem, Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Staroměstské námesti, Old Town Square, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Jan Hus Day

Above/featured: Jan Hus looks up at the Church of Our Lady before Tyn – 4 Jul 2008 (HL).

Before Martin Luther, there was Jan Hus …

Over centuries, the Catholic Church operated with total authority on religion, science, and politics and far-reaching aspects on daily life. It’s a nice racket to claim you’re the only legitimate path to God and salvation. What Jan Hus (John Huss) and subsequent Martin Luther would set in motion when they openly challenged the superiority of the Church and introduced the idea of an individual’s direct path to their own thoughts and emotions in the world and to God. Being cut out as the “middle man” did not endear these two men to the Church.

Jan Hus helped bring about “The Bohemian Reformation” in the Czech Republic in the 15th-century, predating Luther’s movement in neighbouring Germany by a century. The US Embassy in the Czech Republic describes Jan Hus as:

Jan Hus (1369-1415), a predecessor of Martin Luther, was an early 15th century Czech theologian and scholar. He advocated church reforms, such as using Czech as the liturgical language, aligning the church’s practices with teachings contained in the Bible, limiting the power of the church to spiritual matters, and stopping the sale of indulgences. Consequently, he was excommunicated from the Catholic Church in 1412 for insubordination. He was summoned to the ecclesiastical Council of Constance in 1414, where he was ordered to recant his teachings. Refusing to comply, Hus was burnt at the stake as a heretic on 6 July 1415. Over the centuries Jan Hus has become a powerful symbol of an independent Czech national identity.

News of Hus’ martyrdom sparked outrage, anger, and protests (often violent) among Czechs, and the movement eventually ignited the Hussite wars between Hus’ followers (early Protestants) and the Catholic Church. Armed conflict ended with infighting among the Hussites, and ultimately defeat of the Hussites at the hands of Catholic forces.

In 1903, Czech sculptor Ladislav Saloun began work on designing the Jan Hus Memorial. Jan Hus is seen looking up and towards the Church of Our Lady before Týn which was the primary church for the Hussites between 1419 and 1621. The memorial was inaugurated at Prague’s Old Town Square on 6 July 1915 to mark the 500th anniversary of Jan Hus’ martyrdom. As Prague was under the rule of the Habsburg (i.e., Catholic) Empire in 1915, the authorities of the day refused to acknowledge the memorial and forbade an official event. In quiet protest, city residents proceeded to blanket the new monument with flowers. The Jan Hus memorial has become a symbol of opposition against foreign rule.

6 July 2015 marked the 600th anniversary of Jan Hus’ death. What were some of the following consequences?

•   1st Defenestration in Prague, 1419
•   Jiří z Poděbrad (George of Poděbrady)
•   Precedes Martin Luther’s Reformation by 100 years
•   World’s largest Reformation monument in Worms, Germany
•   Pope John Paul II’s apology, 1999

More on Jan Hus

•   My Expats CZ
•   My Czech Republic
•   Prague.CZ

I made this photo on 4 July 2008 with the Canon EOS450D, EF 18-55 IS zoom- and kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/500s, f/7.1, ISO200, and 27mm focal length (43mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6WM.

Zizkov Television Tower, Church of the Most Sacred Heart of our Lord, George of Poděbrady Square, Vinohrady, Praha, Prague, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Praha’s Jiřího z Poděbrad (George of Poděbrady)

Above/featured, seen from George of Poděbrady Square (Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad): left, Žižkov television tower (Žižkovská televizní věž); right, Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord (Kostel Nejsvětějšího Srdce Páně). Photo by HL.

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: Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad (George of Poděbrady Square). 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) whose 7.5-metre diameter clock is the largest in the Czech Republic.

Born 23 April 1420, George of Poděbrady was crowned King of Bohemia 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”. Following Jan Hus, George was also a leader of Utraquists, a moderate group of Hussites who supported both forms of Communion in “bread and wine” to all people and not just to clergy.

“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.)

Jiřího z Poděbrad, DPP Metro, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Praha DPP metro line A (green) station, Jiřího z Poděbrad station. Photo by HL.


I made both photos labelled “HL” on 4 August 2013 with a Canon EOS450D, 18-55 IS II glass, and the following settings: 1/250-sec, f/8, ISO100, 18mm (29mm full-frame) for the 1st photo; 1/10-sec, f/3.5, ISO800, 18mm (29mm full-frame) for the second 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 Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6By.

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