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The classic Theater Pod Palmonkou features a grand crystal chandelier and careful tile work. This is a popular site to see concerts and theater.
Immediately to the east and across the main road (Jana Zelivskeho) from the Olsany cemetery, lies this military cemetery which honors the Czech war dead from World War I in a semi-circular arrangement of graves. There is also a monument dedicated to the 436 Soviet troops who lost their lives during the liberation of Prague from the Nazis in May 1945.
Past the Olsanske hrbitovy, just beyond the Zelivskeho metro, is the cemetery where the family tomb of President Havel lies. Some of the tombs have marble statues and religious mosaics and many display engraved photographs of the deceased with family notes. Amongst other well-known Czechs buried here, are the poet Neumann and the theater director Karel Hynek Hilar.
It is estimated that over a million people are buried here, although the actual number of graves is far less. It was originally created for the victims of the 1680 plague, and while many well-known people are laid to rest here, perhaps the most famous is Jan Palach, the young Czech student who set himself alight in protest at the Soviet occupation in 1969. However, because the grave became the focal point for the dissident movement, the secret police removed his remains in 1973, and it is thought the actual body lies in his hometown of Vsetaty, although his headstone remains here. There are maps available indicating various plots.
This huge edifice was built between 1929 and 1932 to commemorate the victory of General Jan Zizka and the Hussites in 1420 over the papal forces. It stretches awkwardly along a long, narrow hill in Zizkov. The large statue of General Zizka fronting the building was erected in 1950. The monument became a symbol of the independent republic although it was used by the Nazis as an arsenal and later by the Communists as a mausoleum where the three Communist presidents are buried. It is also the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where wreath-laying ceremonies take place.
The Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord, or "Kostel Nejsvětějího srdce Páně", as it is locally known, was the work of a Slovenian architect, Jože Plečnik. Built between 1928 and 1932, it is located in Podebrady Square, the face of its enormous clock dominating the neighborhood. A serene, brick-walled structure, it impresses an aura of calm on all who visit it.
If the thought of water jets and lasers spraying and pulsing to music intrigues you, take a look at this summertime attraction. As music blares, water spurts from dozens of jets scattered around a large pool. A computer-controlled light show adds appropriate dramatic touches. It makes quite a spectacle, especially on a warm evening. The music varies with each "performance" and could be anything from pop hits and moody electronics to one of the more exciting classical pieces like Dvorak's New World Symphony. All water shows are on the hour.
Completed in 1992, the tower reaches a height of 474 meters, although viewing and other facilities are at 100 meters. It provides a panoramic view of Prague with visibility estimated at 100 kilometres. Lifts take visitors to the viewing areas at 4 meters per second and entry to these areas costs 60 Kcs per person. The air-conditioned cabins house a restaurant offering Czech and international cuisine. The tower is within a 30 minute walk of Wenceslas Square.
The observatory tower in Tower Park Prague offers a birds eye view of the entire city. The observatory is at a height of 93 meters (305 feet) and is open until midnight. The view at night is spectacular and magical. Entry tickets can be purchased at the reception of the park. The tower is the tallest in Prague and the observatory has three cabins--Prague images, Prague echoes and Golden Prague--that highlight the aspects of the city.
Sbor církve čsl. husitské is a small chapel that hosts intimate shows.
This swimming pool is open to the general public and has a bar as well. If you enjoy aquatic activities this is the place for you.
Riegrovy Sady Park is a quick 10 minute walk (or 2 tram stops on the number 11) up the hill (toward the television tower) from Vaclavske Namesti, the National Museum and the main train station. It is the perfect place to watch the sun set behind Prague Castle with a bottle of wine and good company. The park is big enough that you won't hear the sounds of the city once you make your way into its depths. Aside from the spectacular view of the center, this dog-friendly park sports a café, restaurant and a beer garden for all your refreshment needs. - Christophor Rick