Prague, Czech Republic

About Venue

Prague is the capital and the largest city of the Czech Republic situated in the middle of Bohemia on the Vltava River. It took the city eleven centuries to get the look we know today. Nowadays it covers an area of 496 square kilometres and has about 1 240 000 inhabitants.

Since 1920, the full official name of the city is the “Capital City of Prague”. There is also a collocation, “Prague – Heart of Europe”, which refers to the position of the metropolis: it is located both in the middle of Bohemia and in the middle of Europe.

Prague soon became the centre of the emerging Czech state. Rulers started to control the surrounding areas from Prague Castle. Prague flourished remarkably in the 14th century under the reign of Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor. The city was significantly expanded by the Prague New Town and the ruler established a university which is still there, bearing his name to this day.

The history of Prague is long and therefore it is no wonder that quite a few world-famous personalities were born here or lived here for some time. Among the most renowned ones were the Czech king and Roman emperor Charles IV, the composer Antonín Dvorak, the opera singer Emmy Destinn and writers Franz Kafka, Karel Capek and Jan Neruda. Even the composer W. A. Mozart spent a short time living and working in Prague. Prague is also a popular place for shooting a lot of films by Czech as well as international directors.

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