Compact archive September 19, 2007

The Ark concert in Rock Café

The Ark The popular Swedish glam rock band The Ark is going to play in Prague on the 7th October.

The Ark achieved success with their debut album We Are The Ark (2001), which was awarded two Swedish Grammy Awards. The band has also represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest this year, with the hit single Worrying Kind from their latest album Prayer for the Weekend.

The Ark shows are well-known for being lively and flamboyant. Their show in Prague will take place in Rock Café (Narodni Street 20) and they will be supported by local instrumental band Sunflower Caravan. Tickets are available at Ticketpro and Ticketportal for 250,- CZK (300,- at the venue).


10 minutes for Devil's Bible

Codex Gigas alias Devil's Bible in Prague Devil’s Bible, the largest illuminated manuscript written in 13th century, is finally displayed in Klementinum. The National library allows maximally 60 people/hour to the display room, and the time for admiring is set at 10 minutes at maximum. It is set as a reaction for large interest that the public takes. Until today, 1500 September tickets were sold, but for those who want to see it in October, the reservation starts on this Monday 24th.

And why is there such a public concern about this Bible?

  • Because it took two prime minister’s political activity to bring it here
  • Because it comes back after 400 years, because it is the biggest and heaviest Bible in the world
  • Because it took 20 years to write it
  • And, of course, because it contains the picture of devil, which is unique in the world of Bibles.

Codex gigas is possible to see in Klementinum, everyday except Monday, since 10 am until 7 pm, the exhibition ends on 6th January 2008. Ticket reservation is possible on the webpage


Mayors against Olympic Games 2016

Olympics in Prague......? Worries were expressed by more than 1300 mayors of the Czech Republic. They fear for their budgets, which would be influenced by the occasion. They are against financing of the Olympics from the national budget, and propose either Prague should pay for it’s Olympics or a referendum.

The 1300 mayors sent an authentic copy letter to Pavel Bem, Prague Mayor, where they informed him about their disapproval: “We see the organization of the Summer Olympics at this time of bleeding town budgets as inappropriate”. Bem is not against referendum, even suggested the referendum should take place in the whole country, not only in Prague. There are also other ideas, i.e. Petr Gazdik suggests Prague should borrow the money form the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

In September, Prague has officaially joined the battle for summer Olympics in 2016. The costs are estimated 490 billions CZK; 16,3 billions €.


Watch Charles Bridge Online

Charles bridge from the water There is going to be a fundamental reconstruction of the Charles Bridge, and now you can watch it online, live. At the server of Prague information service (here) it is transmitted by the webcam, placed at the Lesser Town Bridge Tower. The Recostruction is supposed to be finished at 2010.

The bridge is 516 meters long and nearly 10 m wide, resting on 16 arches shielded by ice guards. It is protected by three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter side and the third one on the Old Town side.

The bridge is decorated with 30 statues and statuaries, most of them Baroque style, erected around 1700. The bridge itself was finished in 1402.


Prague is going to expand in 2008

zamek ctenice Prague is going to take in some more villages, including Prezletice. Situated on the north-east of Prague, with population of 801, their links to Prague are obvious. When we have a look at the map of Prague, their borders fret into the metropolis borders. The inhabitants of Prezletice usually work in the city, but for office matters they have to travel much more far into Brandys nad Labem. And there are other obvious benefits resulting from being a part of Prague.

We are going to be inside the highway circuit, says the mayor of Prezletice. The other reason is the development of a relaxation area between the village and the metropolis. The area includes the Ctenicky chateau (ctěnický zámek) and a planned golf court. If we were connected to Prague, the cooperation with the development of this area would be much easier, continues the mayor.

Prague deputies see the requirement as logical, and started to take the necessary steps. The analysis of the complicated procedure should be done at the years’ end, says Prague deputy Blazek.