This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Wall.
The John Lennon wall in Prague, Czech Republic, was created following the 1980 assassination of John Lennon: at that time, it contained only one image of Lennon and the lyrics from a song. The wall changes continually and has a history of challenging authority. Exactly one week after we took this photo, on Earth Day, the wall was repainted entirely by the protest group Extinction Rebellion to demand government action on climate change.
Prague’s John Lennon Wall
This photo was taken on April 15, 2019. Specs are:
Canon 200D, ISO 100, f/9, 1/50 sec, 18 mm.
This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Road.
The Charles Bridge in Prague, built in 1347, was the only road across the Moldau River — connecting Eastern and Western Europe — until 1841. There is a tiny, almost obscure, door at the base of the bridge’s tower which opens to a long flight of steps leading to the top (for a fee — it’s still Prague, after all). The tower is the only way to see the bridge without wading through a sea of tourists and vendors.
There is also a good view of the bridge from the deck of one of the scenic river cruises. The view is nice, but the cruise is hampered by all the locks along that stretch of the Moldau.
Charles Bridge from Below
The final photo is an eye-level view taken while crossing the pedestrian road across the bridge. We found it to be the least interesting way to see the bridge.
Tourist’s Eye View of Charles Bridge
This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge — Worship.
We recently visited the Jewish Quarter in Prague. One of the (many) stops was the Old-New Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in Central Europe. The building — constructed in 1270 — is in the gothic style and was build by hired Christian workers since Jews were not permitted to participate in the building trades.
The photo below shows a raised platform used for Torah reading during services. The large red banner was given by Charles IV, in honor of the Jewish community’s service.
An interesting aside about this synagogue is that, in around 1600, Rabbi Lowe is said to have created a creature — called the Golem — to protect the ghetto. This creature, the world’s first “robot,” is said to be hidden in the attic of the synagogue.