Compact archive September 26, 2006

Karlstejn Castle awarded

Karlstejn Castle is one of the most visited castles in the Czech republic, situated very near Prague. Now it has received a prestigious award Europa Nostra from European Union.

Europa Nostra is the most significat prize that can be given by the international jury for a great care of historical monuments. Karlstejn deserved this prize for its restoration of the gothic paitings representing saints by Mistr Theodorik. Paintings are located in the chapel of holly cross (Kaple svateho krize), the most sacred place of the castle.

Restoration was very difficult and took almost 20 years. The paitings are now protected by a special air-conditioning that should preserve them for another thousand years or even more.

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Prehistorical burial practices in Prague

A new exhibition called Udolim stinu (Through the Valley of Shadows) shows burial practices in the period from prehistoric ages till early medieval times in Prague. Visitors can see open graves and get to know burials practised thousands years back to the past.

However, his exhibition offers more. People’s lives in that time are presented on large-screen displays. Also objects found in tombs on the territory of Prague are presented there. All is based on archaeololgical discovery.

Exhibition is open from 27th September 2006 till 25th May 2007 in Muzeum of Capital City Prague (Muzeum hlavniho mesta Prahy), in halls no. 3 and 4. This museum is situated on street Na Porici 52, metro red line C Florenc, and is open Tuesday till Sunday from 9.00 till 18.00 (and every first Thursday in month till 20.00).

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Free Wi-Fi Internet in Prague 8

There is a possibility to use Internet connection for free in Prague 8, thanks to the town hall project.

Most of the quarters in the area are already covered by the wireless signal of the Wi-Fi technology. People interested in the possibility only need to posses a facility able to receive this signal and to connect to the town hall server “praha8.net”. Covering with the signal started in Karlin and Liben, and at the moment continues in Kobylisy and Bohnice.

The connection speed will be 64 kbps, so it will be suitable just for e-mail correspondence and connecting to usual websites, certainly not for downloading movies or playing computer games. That´s why it´s not intended as a competitor to other Internet providers.

Testing operation is planned till the end of the year, the project will fully start at the beginning of the next year.

Charitable run restricts Prague transport on Saturday

Due to the Samsung running festival on Saturday 30th September, there will be some restrictions of public transport in the Prague center.

No trams will go through stations Narodni divadlo (National Theater) – Staromestska – Cechuv most and through Staromestska – Malostranska approximately from 3:45 till 5:15 pm. Tram number 17 will be diverted to Karlovo namesti, then Narodni trida, Ujezd and Malostranske namesti. Tram number 18 will go through Ujezd and Malostranske namesti as well.

At the same time, there will be no service of the bus number 133 between stations Florenc and Staromestska. The bus in the direction from Malesice will be terminated in Florenc.

The running festival is a charitable event for the benefit of SOS detske vesnicky (organization helping children). The finish of the run will be at the Old Town Square and organizers of the event expect more than 1000 participating runners, some well known personalities included.

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Night strolls in Troja

From 28th September till 1st October you have an extra opportunity to visit Troja chateau, zoo and botanic garden in one tour at night.

You can walk in this part of Prague through illumined gardens of Troja chateau, its main hall, then continue to the zoo to watch animals of Indonesian jungle at night and finally walk into the botanic gardens to see romantically illumined Japanese garden.

Tickets cost 180,- CZK, the stroll starts at 20:30 and 21.00. For booking and more information call 296 112 230 (233) or write to pr@zoopraha.cz.

The first Prague aqua park will open soon

The first aqua park in Prague will be opened at the end of November in Barrandov. Until now, the only possibilities for outdoor swimming in Prague were some swimming baths and a swimming pool on Vltava.

The new two-storeyed object will be a part of a sport centre and will offer a pool 25 metres long and 1.2 to 1.6 metres deep with four lanes. Furthermore, there will be also a paddling pool for children, a whirlpool bath, two roller coasters and a sauna. There will be a chance to relax on a terrace, sunbath on a grass plot or have a meal in a restaurant. Another aqua park will be finished in December 2007 in Cestlice, and also in Jizni Mesto within three years.

Visitors can see over the new Barrandov aqua park on Friday 13th of October, between 3 pm and 4:30 pm.

Easy access to authorities thanks to a new city web

Soon city Prague is going to start a new web gateway www.praha.eu which will help citizens, entrepreneurs and tourists make the contact with municipal authorities easier.

This new gateway will bring information about what is going on in the city or how the bureaus and institutions work. Interactive links will connect this portal with other servers, such as the city library, or public transports.

The biggest advantage of this portal will be interactive forms to communicate easily with municipal authorities without personal attendance in bureaus. An electronic signature will be needed to fill in these forms completely. Next year the authorities are going to issue universal cards of Prague people (Univerzalni karta Prazana – UKP) which can also work as an open signature. This portal will consist of more than a hundred of forms relating to work, housing, study, health care etc. By receiving SMS or email the users will be able to see if their form has been accepted.

The section Moje Praha (My Prague) in this portal will enable registered users create their own section where they can see information they often need to know, such as up-to-date weather forecast, exchange rates, or pictures from city webcams.