Prague and surroundings

The crypt of the martyrs and heroes of freedom

A visit to the Cathedral of Saints Cyril and Methodius, symbol of the Czechoslovak resistance against nazi invaders Unlike in several historical churches in Prague, the entry to the Orthodox cathedral of Saints Cyril and Methodius is free of charge: an invitation – or...

Enchanted ruins

The timeless charm of the Okoř Castle – or what is left of it Immersed in the silence of a winter dawn, amid the mist of a void and slightly snowy landscape, the majestic ruins of the Okoř castle could be an invention of...

The Genius loci of Nový Svět

That little world of the past, just few steps from the Prague Castle It’s called the “New World”, a name apparently in contrast with this really ancient small area, located a few steps away from the Prague Castle, in the district of Hradčany. There...

Beran’s “secret” journey to Asinara

In 1967, Cardinal Beran flew to the Sardinian island to pray at the memorial, where lie the remains of his brother and thousands of Austro-Hungarian prisoners killed by cholera in 1915-1916 Asinara, the far north-western strip of Sardinia, unfolds from Cape Falcone, on the...

ČKD Kolbenova, amidst revitalization and speculation

The destiny of this Prague industrial zone, symbol of the Czech 1900s Large abandoned warehouses, with broken glass and collapsed roofs, in the middle of which (and within which) trees grow. During the day, the ČKD industrial area which towers over Kolbenova street in...

From steel to rock: the new life of the Hradčany of Ostrava

Discovering Dolní Vítkovice, one of the oldest industrial complexes in European history, which now lives on music, sport and tourism Upon our arrival, Ostrava appears as a well-organized and modern city, thanks to the newly built tram station and the good public transport network,...

Passion, curiosity and adaptability are essential in diplomacy

Interview with the Italian Ambassador, Francesco Saverio Nisio: “I returned to Prague with enthusiasm. Completing my career here gives me a sense of fulfillment connected to the circularity of events”. It’s difficult to imagine a person like Ambassador Francesco Saverio Nisio, with his innate...

Film castles: the journey continues

Our journey in search of the ancient manor houses and elegant aristocratic residences of the Czech Republic continues, where numerous famous movies have been filmed This country, as mentioned in our first article, despite its small size, is so full of castles that filmmakers...

The secrets of the Ore Mountains

Notes from the underground and timeless nature, a reportage from a border region among the World heritage sites Let’s start from the beginning. If history has christened the Ore Mountains with this name, the explanation must be simple. Under these soft-lined mountains, under the...

The 80 years of the golden nightingale

To define him a national icon would be an understatement. Karel Gott, the most loved pop singer in the country, today as in the days of the regime The golden nightingale, the golden voice of Prague, the master, Divine Karel and even the Sinatra...