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Pomník svatého Václava, Václavské náměstí, St. Wenceslas memorial, Wenceslas Square, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Prague’s Duke Wenceslas of Bohemia

Built by Josef Václav Myslbek and unveiled in 1913, the Saint Wenceslas Memorial (Pomník svatého Václava) is located at the southeastern or upper end of the square which also bears his name: Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí). Although many know him by name as a good king in the Christmas song, Wenceslas was a Bohemian Duke in 10th-century AD, and is known today as a national patron saint.

I made the photo above on 10 October 2009 with the Canon EOS450D, 18-55 IS kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/4s, f/4.5, ISO800, 29mm focal length (46mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-5BI.

David Cerny, Quo Vadis?, sculpture, German Embassy, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

My Praha: historic balcony for GDR refugees

That’s one very famous balcony.

The balcony on the second floor facing the back gardens doesn’t look particularly special. But here in the Czech capital city of Prague there’s an important connection between that building’s balcony and events leading to the fall of the Wall. This building is also the German Embassy, and it’s where Hans-Dietrich Genscher looked over the crowds from the balcony and made a famous speech in 1989.

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"Quo Vadis?", David Cerny. German Embassy, Praha, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: “Quo Vadis?” (Where are you going?)

For weeks in late-summer 1989, refugees from East Germany seeking a way out to the West streamed into Prague, and thousands occupied the modest garden at the back of the Palais Lobkowitz, home of the then West German Embassy. A dramatic episode in European history culminated on 30 September 1989, as West German Foreign Minister Genscher addressed the crowds, granting them passage and asylum in West Germany. People left behind countless numbers of Trabant cars, a symbol of industry and productivity in East Germany.

Czech artist David Černý created a sculpture of a Trabant standing on four giant legs, in tribute to those who left their lives to escape East Germany. Called “Quo Vadis?” (Where are you going?), the sculpture resides in the very same garden of the Palais Lobkowitz, now home of the Embassy of the (reunited) Federal Republic of Germany. (2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.)

Directions

Walk uphill on Vlašská street in Prague’s Malá Strana. When a hospital (Nemocnice Milosrdných Sester sv. Karla Boromejského v Praze) appears on the right and an open portal to a children’s park is on the left, make a left turn from Vlašská onto the path to walk past the park. At the end of the path, turn left again. The high metal fence of the German Embassy will be on your left, and the foot of Petřín hill is on the right. After walking halfway along the fence, you’ll see the sculpture “parked” in the back garden with accompanying signage in Czech and German. The original sculpture now resides in the collection of the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum (Forum of Contemporary History) in Leipzig, Germany.

I made the photo above on 17 March 2010 at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Prague (Velvyslanectví Spolkové Republiky Německo). I used a Canon 450D and 70-300 zoom-lens with the following settings: 1/30s, f/8, ISO400, 275mm focal length (440mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-5b3.

Summer dawn over the Vltava : Prague, Czech Republic - 606am, 28 Jul 2013, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: morning threshold over the Vltava in Prague

A morning on any clear day seems to have the power to unveil itself, as the gentle dark of night cedes its cloak to a brand new golden dawn. That’s what you, I, or anyone will see from the east flank of the Vltava river in Prague, with the buildings of Malá Strana (Lesser Quarter) on the other side and Hradčany (Prague Castle) on the gentle western rise. A proclamation of an eternal Czech nation also rises with the new day, the message which I’m sure the legendary Libuše and the Přemyslid people would approve.

This is merely one of countless reasons why I’m in love with Prague

Just after 6am on 28 July 2013, I made this image at Křižovnické náměstí (Square of the Knights of the Cross), at the eastern or Old Town approach to Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-5kF.

Mir (Peace), Jiri Krystufek, Namesti Miru, Praha, Prague, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Peace in our time

Just outside of Prague’s main “tourist centre” and southeast of the main train station (“hlavní nádraží”) is Náměstí Míru, or Peace Square. At the outskirts of the former vineyards of Vinohrady, Peace Square is dominated by the twin-spired Church of St. Ludmila (Kostel Sv. Ludmily). A sculpture by Jiri Krystufek is located just south of the church on the eastern side of the square. Named “Mir” (Peace), the sculpture is of a young woman who is setting free a dove into the air.

When I’m in town and it’s beautiful outside, I’m parked on one of the park’s benches, my eyes closed and face to the sun. And maybe then, I can echo the figure’s actions, and finally let go of my worries, too.

The photograph above also appears in my love letter to Prague. I made the photo above on 14 March 2009. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-5ba, and also appears on Travel Photo Thursday for Nancie McKinnon’s Budget Traveler’s Sandbox.

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