Prague, Czech Republic
The ancient city of Prague (Czech: Praha) hugs the hills rising from the River Vltava, connected by the iconic Charles Bridge. Rows of steeples stacked on onion domes pierce the sky, lending the city its nickname of "City of a Thousand Spires." Prague has seen many wars and conflicts over its long history, but today it is only hordes of tourists that pound its cobblestone streets. There is much to see in Prague of religious and historical interest, including an impressive Gothic cathedral located inside a castle, countless interesting churches, sites associated with the Bohemian reformer Jan Hus (who preceeded Luther by a hundred years), and a historic Jewish Quarter that is home to the oldest synagogue in Europe.
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Sacred Sites and Religious Attractions in Prague
Prague CathedralLocated inside Prague Castle, the striking Cathedral of St. Vitus has a long history that extends from its founding in the 10th century to its final completion in 1929.
Church of Our Lady VictoriousDating from 1611, this church in Prague is a destination for many pilgrims from all around the world, thanks to its statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague.
Old-New SynagogueDating from 1270, this is Europe's oldest active synagogue. According to legend, angels brought stones from King Solomon's Temple to build the synagogue, and the same angels still protect it.