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Albert Einstein, Franz Kafka, Max Brod, Dům U Kamenného beránka, At the stone lamb, Staromestske namesti, Old Town Square, Prague, Prag, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

My Praha: Brod, Einstein, & Kafka at Fanta Salon

Above/featured: it is as if I pointed out a famous meeting place to her right (left for the reader).

Prague’s Old Town Square is one of the most visited landmarks, dominated by the two tall spires of the Church of our Lady before Týn, Old Town Hall, and a prominent sculpture dedicated to Czech icon Jan Hus at the centre of the square.

At the southeast corner of the square is a building called (Dům) U Kamenného beránka or “At the Stone Lamb” at address Staroměstské námesti 551/17 #. To the right of the building’s main entrance is a memorial plaque with an inscription in both Czech and English. The memorial plaque was created by Czech sculptor Zdenĕk Kolářský and unveiled in 1998. Looking closer, you’ll recognize Albert Einstein’s face and his famous physics equation stating the equivalence of mass and energy: E = mc2.

Over a 16-month period from 1911 to 1912, Albert Einstein lived in Prague with his family and was full professor of theoretical physics at the German Charles-Ferdinand University. Einstein enjoyed hanging out at a number of cafes for conversations, exchanges, and music, and he was a frequent visitor to this building where Czech liberal and intellectual Berta Fanta operated a literary-philosophical salon or lounge. The salon saw visits by many intellectuals, both domestic and international. “Domestic” writers Franz Kafka and Max Brod would have come here for the discourse as well, but it turns out little is actually known about whether all three arranged to meet or would have met here at the same time.

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My Praha: Jan Hus, Bohemian reformer and Czech icon

Above/featured: Jan Hus Monument, Old Town Square – 4 Jul 2008 (HL, 450D).

Most visitors to the Czech capital city of Prague will pass by and overlook the large sculpture near the middle of Old Town Square. The central figure in the monument is one of the most important historical figures for capital and country.

Although he may not be as well known outside of the European continent, Jan Hus is a massive historical figure within central Europe. Jan Hus was declared the greatest hero of the Czech nation in a 2015 survey by Czech Radio. In Konstanz on 6 July 1415, Jan Hus was sentenced to death on the charge of heresy. In recognition of his attempts to reform the Catholic Church and to foster and encourage Bohemian identity, July 6 is commemorated annually as a national holiday in the Czech Republic: the holiday is known as “Den upálení Mistra Jana Husa,” which translates to “day of the burning of Jan Hus.”

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Staromestske namesti, Old Town Square, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Old Town Bubbles (Prague)

Countless visits to the Czech Republic’s capital city mean that there’s a real possibility of getting too much of a good thing, especially where the stretch of “royal mile” between Prague Castle and Old Town Square is concerned. But if there’s one thing I’ve promised to do more is to observe and photograph people in a variety of public settings. On an overcast morning, I push myself towards Old Town Square, and by mid-morning, the square is full of people as expected. The addition of a gentleman blowing soap bubbles for change is a welcome one. If only I can find a visitor taking a picture, “trapped” inside a bubble …

I made the photo above on 6 November 2016 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 zoom, and the following settings: 1/500s, f/8, ISO1000, and 47mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9hU.

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.

Angel of light, Christmas market, Vánoční trhy na Staroměstském náměstí, Vánoční trhy, Staroměstském náměstí, Old Town Square, Praha, Prague, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Hark, the herald angel lights in Praha

One thing about which I’m particularly attracted at Christmas Markets are the lights. Having frequented the Czech capital city of Prague, the surprise is entirely mine when sparkly angels of light appear in time for the city’s Christmas markets. This angel in the northwest corner of Old Town Square points to the towering spires of the Church of Our Lady before Týn. At the foot of the church are the Jan Hus memorial statue and the ever-present and illuminated Christmas tree.

I made the photo above on 4 December 2008 with the Canon EOS450D (XSi), EF-S 18-55 IS kit zoom-lens, and the following settings: 0.5s, f/4.5, ISO200, 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7ke.

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