And if you're not into history, well, there is this:
|The second bridge you see is the Charles. That building is the |
Strakova akademie, the seat of the Czech government. The balloon is part of the Kafka Museum.
|City of 1,000 Spires. Go on, count them.|
The park covers 25 hectares and includes a Baroque-style pavilion/restaurant, a beer garden, playgrounds, and plenty of pathways for strolling or jogging. But it is perhaps best known for its 25-meter-high metronome, which has rested at its home on a giant, graffiti-filled stone pavilion since 1991. The metronome stands on the spot of the former Stalin Monument, the world's largest statue to honor the Generalissimus at 15.5 meters in height and 22 meters in length. When the Czechoslovakians weren't ridiculing the statue as "men lining up for meat," they were flat-out despising it, and the monument was blown up in 1962, seven years after it was finished.
I've tried to figure out the symbolism behind the metronome. But after reading a translated version of this article and asking some Czech people I know, the best I can come up with is that it (a) symbolizes passing time and (b) is not a massive statue of a despot.
|That egg-shaped thingy isn't normally on the metronome. No idea why it was there.|