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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 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).

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. As an example of “ecclesiastical modernism”, this Roman Catholic church was built in 1929–1932 by Slovene architect Jože Plečnik, who once studied with architect Otto Wagner in Vienna.

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,

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

I made both photos on 4 August 2013 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and 18-55 IS II glass. Settings for the first image are: 1/250-sec, f/8, ISO100, 18mm (29mm full-frame); and settings for the second image are: 1/10-sec, f/3.5, ISO800, 18mm (29mm full-frame). The camera’s shutter assembly died shortly after these photos were made. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as

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

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 as, and also appears on Travel Photo Thursday for Nancie McKinnon’s Budget Traveler’s Sandbox.

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