Jun 152017

Soldiers in a church? Certainly! This church was built after the victory of the emperor’s troops in the Battle of White Mountain, one of the most important battles in the Thirty Years’ War. Around 5000 soldiers died in that battle, and the outcome meant that the Emperor could reclaim Prague.

Jun 142017

Originally a cloister was meant as a silent place of meditation, but clearly, as we see so often, this is a demonstration of wealth and power, meant to impress the visitor.

Again, for an unexpected church, this is amazing. Loreta alone would have been be worth the trip from Vienna.

By the way, having just read the German version of the Wikipedia page that I’v linked to in yesterday’s post, I can now say that the Italian church was in Loreto in the province of Ancona.

Jun 132017

I had no idea that this church even exists. It’s called Loreta. That’s a kind of church dedicated to the house of the Virgin Mary.

Well, what I’ve called a “temple” here, symbolizes the “Santa Casa”, in German often called the “Holy Hut”. Certainly kind of a nice hut, I’m sure you agree đŸ™‚

Here in Prague it is in the center of a cloister. I don’t know if it’s always in a monastery, but I suppose it is. I’ve only seen one such church before, in a small city in Italy. It may have been in Perugia, and if not, it was at least not far from there.

Jun 082017

Let’s have some more of those gorgeous glass windows, shall we? In many cities in central Europe, glass windows have not survived World War II. This is especially true for most of Germany and Austria, but it’s also true for much of the occupied territories. It may also be true for parts of southern England. Aerial bombardments and glass windows make for a bad match.

I am not completely sure, but I think these windows are old. Prague has been occupied, but it was largely spared the bombings that devastated so many of our old cities.

You see it. Prague looks older than, for instance, Vienna, and it has a density of sights that is far greater. Yes, from communist times you have a lot of unpleasant architecture at the outskirts, but at the center it is extremely beautiful. By contrast, in Vienna you have regions at the center that had been hastily rebuilt after the war, and the architecture used was cheap as well. But that’s how it is and that’s why we have to be thankful for being able to live in peace. I’m quite sure the people in Aleppo would have loved it as well.