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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, Czech national holiday

Featured: Jan Hus looks up at the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Prague’s Old Town Square – 3 Jul 2015 (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:

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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)

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) whose 7.5-metre diameter clock is the largest in the Czech Republic.

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.)

(From the 7-second mark in this YouTube audio.)

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

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


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.

My Praha: the night watch

With visits to the city numbering well into the double digits, Prague started me on a different path, and eventually, to a change in my life.

According to legend, the city’s name, Praha, is derived from the Czech word, “práh” for “threshold” or “steps”. With the city’s geographic location within the European continent, it’s hard to recount the chronicles of Central Europe without mentioning Praha. History and significance permeates the city in the cobbled stonework, centuries of architecture, and stories of struggle and change.

I believe the city is one step of many on my journey and transition from my past as research scientist to a future that remains under continuous construction. Prague has been and continues to be an important part of this process. I’ve fallen in love with Praha – she means a lot to me.

As day passes to night, many parts of the city become quiet and empty, with only the yellow glow of the street lamps for company. Many are taught not to go into areas unknown, poorly lit, or vacant.

But I know Praha enough to see her differently.

I’ve done the legwork by day, scouting out and noting various locations around the city, and imagining their appearance in the dark. With a newly crafted road map in my head, I stand in the hotel lobby. I close my eyes in a mental walkthrough of my map, breathing deeply, slowly. I open my eyes again and step out into the night, guided by the lights of Staré Město, and across the Vltava over to Mal´ Strana.

I’m on the “night watch” with Rembrandt’s painting high in mind. The city and its streets don’t care who we are or from where we come. They lie still, in wait around the next corner.

In this place I’m always on the verge of something new; it’s a set of new ideas, much of them extraordinary, romantic, and meaningful. The meanings signify truth on a personal level for those willing to listen and heed the signs.

Prague never lets go of you … this little mother has claws.
— Franz Kafka (1883-1924).

More on Prague:

•   “Praha, miluju tě | I love you, Prague”
•   5 of the Best Spots to View Prague at Night
•   “Love story number 1” – Karlův most
•   Na hrad! To the Prague castle! – Malá Strana, Pražský hrad
•   “The colours of fall in Prague” – Malá Strana, Pražský hrad

I made the photos above in October 2008, October 2009, and July 2013, with a Canon EOS450D (XSi). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-3uO.

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