A hidden magical cavern in Prague? Yes, pretty much!  If you ever find yourself in the area of Petrin, whether you purposely go there because of this article or if you happen to be strolling through Petrin Park, I recommend a little hunt to find this unique spot. Located in the pit of Petrin Hill is an art gallery which is covered in ivy. There are gargoyles guarding the entrance to this three-storey house which was opened to the public in 2005.  The Magical Cavern is the home of Reon Argondian’s wicked and dynamic paintings – adding up to more than 80 works which includes paintings and sculptures to visually stimulate you. The gallery itself is an art masterpiece. What’sRead more.

In 1382, Anne of Bohemia (daughter of the powerful King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV) married King Richard II of England. With this royal alliance came increased communication between the two countries. Czech students attended English universities, and English students attended Charles University. Far more importantly, the works of English authors were translated into Czech. This was to have a lasting effect on this small country. Jan Hus came from Husinec, moving to Prague when he was very young. He was a student at Charles University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1393, and a Master’s degree in 1396. Having been ordained as a priest in 1400, Hus quickly began to preach reformation of the CatholicRead more.

The Battle of Bila Hora, which ended so quickly for the Czech Protestant troops, had a grim and gory aftermath the following year. Visitors to the Old Town Square in Prague may wonder at the sight of 27 crosses set into the cobblestones in front of the Old Town Hall, around the corner from the Astronomical Clock. The reason is that, on June 21, 1621, 27 noblemen who had taken part in the Estates Uprising were put to death there. At the time of the executions, the Old Town Square looked very different from the view everyone enjoys today; drawings of the event show an area that is barely – if at all – recognizable. The square was packed withRead more.