02 December, 2010

Ouie Prague!

Prague name is derived from an old Slavic root, praga, which means “ford”, referring to the city's origin at a crossing point of the Vltava River. The native name of the city, Praha is also related to the modern Czech word práh(threshold) and a legendary etymology connects the name of the city with Duchess Libuše, prophetess and a wife of mythical founder of the Přemyslid dynasty. Who is said to have ordered the city "to be built where a man hews a threshold of his house". The Czech práhmight thusly referred to rapids or a cataract in the river, the edge of which could have acted as a means of fording the river – thus providing a "threshold" to the castle.

prague castle; the dancing house, old town-new town; the astronomical clock; karluv most aka. charles bridge; rudolfinum; franz kafka; vltava river; Petrin lookout tower (petrinzka rozhledna)