Compact archive August 8, 2007

The villa in Stromovka will open to the large public

The villa in the ‘tree park’ Stromovka in Prague has been used as the seat for the department of newspapers and journals since 1946. The National Museum which administer the villa wants to open the villa to the large public, for the first time.

The villa is decorated with inner windows from the times of Jagiellonian Gothic. Such windows can be found nowadays only in the Vladislav Hall at Prague Castle. Unfortunately, the interiors of the villa are closed to the public.

It’s not clear what purposes the villa will serve. There might be a museum of Czech theatre or a museum presenting the development of journalism in Czech lands. The department of newspapers and journals will be moved into the present building of the Radio Free Europe in the Wenceslas Square. But everything might take several years.

Large photographs of gardens of the world in Prague

Large-format photography exhibition in Prague Until 19th August 2008 you can visit a unique exhibition of 11 large-format photographs of various botanical gardens in several places in the world. It’s situated in the greenhouse Fata Morgana in Prague’s Botanical Garden in Troja.

The exhibition of Lena Jasmina Hybkova called ‘A Garden in the Garden’ is a part of the international project ‘Gardens behind the city walls’ that started in Zurich last year and travelled to many metropolises in the world.

The exhibition presents the heritage of botanical gardens in the world and supports the relationship between art and nature. Fata Morgana greenhouse can be visited every day except Mondays from 9:00 to 19:00.


Prague Food Festival 2007 in September

Prague Food Festival Three days tasting the best specialities of Prague hotels that were evaluated at the TOP 100 in Mauer’s Grand Restaurant – that’s Prague Food Festival 2007. Every day you can taste delicious meals from twelve Prague restaurants.

Besides the specialities from Brazil, Czech, French, Japanese and Mediterranean cuisine, you can try drinks from Mattoni Coctail Bar, Pilsner Urquell Pub, Bohemia Sekt Bar, Davidoff Caffe Bar, and Bar U Zavoje. Gastronomic delights will be accompanied with various kinds of music.

The festival will be held in Museum Kampa in Prague (U Sovovych mlynu 2) from 7th to 9th September 2007 (12:00 – 22:00). The ticket costs 350 CZK and it consists of the entry and 10 GRAND vouchers. For these vouchers you can buy individual food items. For more information about the festival click here.


12th International Organ Festival in Prague

Every Thursday until 20th September you can visit one of the concerts held within the 12th International Organ Festival in Prague. Concerts take place in St James’s Church in the Prague Old Town (Mala Stupartska 6).

The forthcoming concert will present the works of Dupre, Mozart, Eben, Bach and Vierne performed by Gunther Rost from Austria. St Jame’s Church is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Prague and it’s surrounded with several interesting legends.

Tickets are available via Ticketportal ( and Via Musica ( network or one hour before the concert in front of the church. Information can be obtained on the telephone number +420 604 208 490. For more information about the programme click here.


Tickets for the 'Devil's Bible' exhibition must be reserved

The devil from the Devil's Bible Prague’s Clementinum has been equipped with a very modern safe room for a new exhibition which will start on 20th September 2007 and will last only until January 2008. It will show the most valuable item of the Swedish National Library – Codex Gigas alias Devil’s Bible.

From the beginning of September Clementinum will launch a reservation system where those who are interested in seeing the bible can reserve tickets. The number of tickets and the opening times will be restricted. 10 visitors will be allowed to enter the room at a time for 10 minutes. The exhibition will be open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00. The full ticket will cost 100 CZK, the reduced one 50 CZK.

The book will be open at the page showing the devil after which the book got its nickname. The rest of the book will be digitalized and available on three computers. There will be a special climate in the room appropriate for the manuscript and there will be high security measures in the room.