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City of Memory

Prague is a city which celebrates the harmonious interaction between history and the present. Living in Prague opens your eyes to the importance of the past in defining a nation’s culture and identity. The city’s architecture and memorials not only honor the country’s predecessors and heroes but commemorate the beginning of the nation. The Charles Bridge and Prague Castle are only two of the city’s beautiful historical sites. In my class, Prague a Living History, we trekked around Prague to see some of these famous sites, and simply touring the city educates a person about the progress of the country in the most captivating history lesson. We traveled to the monuments from the beginnings of the country to those that represented the Revolution of 1989, which made the events more vivid and memorable than reading a textbook. Although I had expectations about Prague’s historical preservation, I learned a lot about the country by seeing the architecture they valued as important and symbolic.

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  2.   By Burton Haynes on Jan 17, 2010 | Reply

    I heard that Prague apartments are very bad. Is that true?

  3.   By Emily M Carpenter on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    The American students in our program were able to find nice apartments in the city-center of downtown Prague. While these apartments were nice and comparable to American apartments, they were also relatively expensive for the area. Because of the price, most native Czech do not live in downtown Prague and live instead in the Communist style apartments in the suburbs/outskirts of the city. The communist flats built during the 40 year regime are cookie cutter style apartments with 2 bedrooms and a kitchenette/living room area. They are usually small, outdated and were not kept up by landlords during the regime. So these apartments, where the majority of the Czech population live, are generally not very nice or popular. If you are willing to spend more on rent, it is possible to find a nicer apartment in downtown Prague 1 or 2.

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