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Magical Prague: The Crown of Bohemia
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Prague with the Charles Bridge over the Vltava River
Lose yourself in Prague, city of a hundred spires, as cultural historian Ursula Wolfman takes you on a virtual tour along its medieval cobblestone lanes and dark passageways, past its many churches and synagogues, into the heart of a city dominated by the magnificent Hradcany, the 1,100-year-old castle complex.
She reveals Prague’s fascinating history; architecture dating from the Romanesque and Gothic periods to the modern era; hidden gems, such as the St. Agnes Convent, which houses one of the world’s most beautiful collections of Romanesque and Gothic art; elegant palaces designed by Italian architects such as Wallenstein Palace; and the city’s exquisite baroque gardens. She also explores wonderful offbeat places such as the Café Slavia, once a haunt of the poet Rilke, and the Jewish Quarter where Kafka was born. You’ll come away with a real feeling for a city steeped in history, challenged by tragedy, and strong in its ongoing story of Czech spirit and triumph.
World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)