Compact archive August 20, 2007

What does the Lost Property Office in Prague hold?

Leaving things on the tram or metro can happen to anybody of us. But some of the items founded in Prague are really unusual – artificial teeth, Scottish kilt, erotic clothes, an army telephone, a wheelchair, a box of cigars etc.

The most common items that are now kept in Prague’s Lost Property Office in Karlony Svetle street are wallets, keys, glasses or diaries. They mostly come from the airport, Czech railways, Prague public transports or hotels.

The workers of the Lost Property office also remember one extraordinary item in their collection. A British man left a bag containing 100,000 CZK on a bus to Prague. Luckily for him he got the money back. A year ago an absent-minded breeder left a young anaconda in metro station Muzeum.

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The building of the Old Town Hall will be finished at last

Prague municipal authorities want to finish the Old Town Hall in the Old Town Square soon. The Old Town Hall with the famous Astronomical clock was damaged during the World War II and it hasn’t been completely reconstructed yet.

The Mayor of Prague Pavel Bem said that there will be an international architectonic competition for the reconstruction of the Old Town Hall next year. The municipal authorities are now evaluating previous competitions that all failed and they try to learn from any mistakes.

The Old Town Hall became the seat of municipal authorities of the Old Town in 1338. On 7th and 8th May 1945 the Nazis fired at the building and then burned it. 30 years after the liberalization a part of the Old Town Hall was reconstructed.

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Joanna Newsom heads to Prague

Joanna Newsom in Prague on 14th September Joanna Newsom is a very talented young musician from the USA, one of the representative of freak-folk style. Her unique combination of jazz music, playing harp and singing has gained her an international fame.

Joanna is on her world tour that will peak in London’s concert in Royal Albert Hall (already sold out). During her concerts she will present songs from her albums The Milk-Eyed Mender (2004) and Ys (2006).

Her Prague’s concert will be held on 14th September 2007 in Archa Theatre (Na Porici 26). Tickets from 490 to 690 CZK are on sale via Ticketpro network and at the box office of Archa Theatre.

Longer opening hours in travel ticket offices

Ticket vending machines offer tickets valid for maximum 24 hours. If you want to buy a ticket for more days or months, you have to visit one of the ticket offices at metro stations.

Prague Public Transport Company have announced that the ticket offices will have longer opening hours at the turn of August and September. The company want to prevent long queues that appear in front of the ticket offices at the beginning of the school year.

From 27th August to 6th September the opening hours will be changed at all 31 ticket offices. The sale will start at 6:30 and finish at 20:00 during the weekdays, the sale at the weekends will be from 7:30 to 12:00.

Information about season tickets are provided on www.dpp.cz, on telephone number +420 296 191 817 or in travel information centres.

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Charles Bridge is finally under reconstruction

The reconstruction works on Charles Bridge that had been planned for so long already started today. Charles Bridge will be reconstructed in two phases: the first phase should finish in 2010, the other one in ten years. The repair works are necessary due to a bad condition of the bridge.

The reconstruction is run under the supervision of an archaeologist. Any interesting discoveries will be placed in the Museum of Charles Bridge situated in the Knight of the Cross Square.

The bridge will be open to the public. People can even see the inside parts of the bridge as the barriers will be transparent. The works starts near the Lesser Town Bridge Tower and they are mostly financed from the city budget and donations.

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