Prague was founded around the 4th century AD. and has been the capital of the Czech Republic for 1000 years. The population of Prague exceeds 1, 300, 000 inhabitants. It is the only million-plus city in the small Czech Republic. Suffice it to say that Brno is the second most populous country in this country. It is three times smaller than the capital - 377, 000 inhabitants.
11 interesting facts about the Czech capital Prague
- In 1667, the French physicist Denis Papin developed pneumatic post systems. In the 19th century, in many large cities, postal items were transmitted in this way: with the help of air pumps, capsules with letters and documents were moved through special underground pipes. In 1899, a pneumatic mail appeared in Prague, and it operated until recently, when in all other cities it was long ago closed. In 2002, a severe flood disrupted underground communications, but work is currently being planned to restore this unique line.
- There is a street in Prague called Vinarna Certovka. It is famous for being the narrowest in all of Central Europe - only 70 centimeters wide. If two large pedestrians meet each other, it is very difficult for them to get around each other. A way out was found - in order not to create pedestrian "traffic jams" on the street, traffic lights were installed that regulate the movement of pedestrians. Nearby there is a well-known winery in Prague, therefore, it is convenient for drunk pedestrians to move along the street, holding on to the walls of houses.
- One of the main attractions of the capital of the Czech Republic is the John Lennon Wall, which is located on Velkopřevorska Square. the first graffiti on the wall dedicated to the famous rock musician began to appear here shortly after the tragic death of John. The authorities tried to combat this by regularly repainting the wall, but this did not stop fans, the inscriptions appeared again. An interesting fact - John Lennon himself for forty years of his life has never
haven't been to Prague.
- The Prague cake was very popular in the Soviet Union. Does it have anything to do with the city of Prague? It was rumored that his recipe was developed in this city. In fact, this is not true. The cake with the name "Prague" was invented by Vladimir Mikhailovich Guralnik, who worked as a pastry chef in the Moscow restaurant "Prague", hence the name of the cake.
- And the history of the "Prague" tavern in Moscow dates back to 1872. the low prices of the establishment attracted a poor audience, who called the inn in their own way - "Braga". After the revolution, "Prague" was nationalized, for some time there was even a library named after N. A. Nekrasov. In the fifties of the last century, a restaurant "Prague" was opened here, which quickly gained popularity among Muscovites and guests of the city.
- Prague is one of the main tourist centers in Europe, millions of tourists visit this city every year. The city authorities are doing their best to preserve the historical appearance of ancient Prague. For example, it is forbidden to install plastic windows in houses instead of wooden ones. And there should be no satellite dishes on the roofs and facades of buildings.
- The largest castle in the world is located in Prague. This is Prague Castle, built in the middle of the 9th century, and surrounded by stone walls in the 11th century. The length of the building is as much as 570 meters, and the width is 130. Even in order for millet to bypass it around the perimeter, it will take a lot of time and effort.
- A replica of the famous Parisian Eiffel Tower can be seen in Prague. It is five times lower than the original - the height of the Prague tower is just over 60 meters, it was built in 1891. It has been a television tower since 1948, and a television transmitter has been installed on top of it. There is no elevator in the tower, therefore, tourists have to overcome the way up on foot. And this is 299 steps.
- Prague is sometimes called the beer capital of the world. It is difficult to argue with these, given that, according to the documents, the first pub in the city appeared here almost 1000 years ago - in 1087. From XIII to XV centuries. there was a rule in the city - breweries should be at least one mile from each other. In addition, severe punishment awaited those brewers who violated the technology. preparation of a drink.
- The oldest beer hall in Prague, still in operation, is called U Fleku. It was discovered back in 1499. The first owner was Vit Skrzemenec. And it got its modern name in honor of Jacob Flekovski, who owned the establishment in the 18th century. The Museum of Brewing also operates here, which is located in the building of a former malt house. The museum was opened in the late nineties of the last century, when the U Fleku pub was preparing to celebrate its 500th anniversary.
- Prague is famous not only for beer, but also for hockey. In 1948, the Prague hockey club LTZ visited the Soviet Union, where it held three friendly matches with the Moscow national team. The teams won one victory each, the third match ended in a draw. At that time, LTZ was one of the leaders of European ice hockey, a visit to Moscow gave a powerful impetus to the development of ice hockey in our country.