Compact archive April 12, 2007

Langweil's model of Prague on display again

Langweil's model of Prague made between 1826 and 1837 Langweil’s model of Prague, more than 170 years old and one of the most popular exhibit of the Museum of the City of Prague (Na Porici 52), is on display again. Visitors can admire the details of the model that shows more than 2,000 buildings in Prague at the beginning of the 19th century. The wood and paper model was made in 1829-1837 by Antonin Langweil. Read more about Langweil’s model of Prague.

The model had been cleaned and digitized since last October. From today the model is back but in a new showcase. A new system takes care of the optimal temperature, humidity and UV radiation. A rotating camera shows the details of the middle part of the model.

The model is illuminated from 140 points. Visitors can chose from several options of lighting. They can see the simulation of the sun or they can illuminate only some parts of the model and keep the rest in the darkness.


Gorilla baby in Prague Zoo died during birth

Yesterday more then 250,000 people were watching online the delivery the second gorilla baby in Prague’s Zoo in Troja. At first the birth was without any complications until the gorilla mother Kamba tore her umbilical cord, which lead to the suffocation of the partly-delivered baby.

At one moment Kamba was in danger too. The Zoo had to call gynaecologist anaesthetist from a hospital to help Kamba with the delivery of the dead foetus. The medical help took one hour. Kamba is stabilized now.

Kamba, 35 years old (equivalent human age is 50) was giving birth for the first time in her life. Another hope for Prague Zoo is now gorilla Kijivu, the mother of the gorilla baby Moja, expecting her second baby in May.


World's unique operation in Prague's hospital Motol

Prague hospital Motol is known for its top modern equiptment and its lab for research of stem cells, the only lab of this kind in the Czech Republic. Now the hospital can be proud of another operation that safed a human life. This operation on a cervical backbone (‘neck part’) was unique in the world.

Dusan Matras (27) used to have a tumour in his thyroid gland that was surgically removed. But five years later doctors discovered that he had a small tumour in his cervical backbone. The only option was to remove the second vertebra of his cervical backbone. The second vertebra is the most complicated vertebra in the spine and it’s very risky to operate on it.

The operation took 11 hours and it was very successful. Now Dusan Matras can even move his head, which is quite extraordinary.

Restoration of the Statue of Jan Hus will take longer

Statue of Jan Hus in Prague's Old Town Square The statue of Jan Hus in Old Town Square that is now covered by scaffolding and a cover, is even in a worse condition than experts thought. The renovation of the statue will, therefore, take much longer than was expected. Until 2009.

Restorers do not have original plans of the statue or photographs from its reconstruction. They will use a camera probe to see what is inside and whether it is possible to get in there. They have to restore also the outer layer of the statue partly damaged by many people who climbed on it.

Many people object to restoring the statue during high tourist season for the most popular square is not so imposing any more. Restorers claim that they need good weather for their work.


More attractions in Barrandov Aqua Park in Prague soon

Popular aqua park in Prague-Barrandov will offer more attractions. In summer visitors can look forward to an outdoor swimming pool, spaces for sun bathing, beach volleyball and a children’s playground.

Barrandov aqua park attracts more than 10,000 visitors a month. It was awarded as the best swimming pool of the year 2006. It offers a 25-meter-long swimming pool, a paddling pool, two slides, sauna, a whirlpool, a restaurant and a bar. The aqua park has been open since last December and cost 205 million CZK.

The Barrandow aqua park is open on Monday from 12:00 to 22:00, from Tuesday to Saturday from 6:00 to 22:00 and on Sunday from 6:00 to 21:30. 90 minutes in the aqua park cost 99 CZK, 180 minutes 180 CZK. The nearest tram stop is Sidliste Barrandov (trams 12, 14, 20 from Smichovske nadrazi – metro line B) and the nearest bus stop is V Remizku (buses 246, 247 and 248).