This piece of absurdist art by David Cerny is displayed at Lucerna Palace in Prague. It is a caricature of a nearby statue of St. Wenceslas riding his horse — the animal standing normally, with Wenceslas on its back, in a manner you’d expect — displayed at the top of Wenceslas Square.
The fact this horse appears to be dead, strung up by its feet, and the fact its rider is the patron saint of the Czech people has as made for lots of analytical fodder. Check out examples here, here and here.
Just a few steps off busy Wenceslas Square in Prague is a tranquil patch of green in the shadow of a church. The paths in the Franciscan Gardens (Františkánská zahrada) are lined with perfectly manicured hedges and inspiring works of art, like the one above. It’s a neat little place to briefly escape the hustle and bustle just a few metres beyond.
How to beat the crowds at the tourist-centric Old Town Square in Prague? Get there before the tour groups do.
This was a Sunday morning and the clock tower tells me I shot this photo shortly before 10 a.m. It was nice to enjoy the square in this condition and to take in all the history crowded around this spot.
Visitors aren’t exactly alone here at this hour but there’s enough space to keep people from feeling too claustrophobic. Wandering through the city’s old quarter first thing in the morning means you can occasionally get a bit of street to yourself, if only for a moment. Knowing how busy this part of Prague can get, even fleeting solitude is a treat worth the mental effort required to wake early.
Below, a closer view of the astronomical clock at the town hall.
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