A life in the 19th century

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is a wonderful city, as we know. It’s not just the capital, this is the biggest city in the country. The River Vltava separates the city, so it looks like the most beautiful cities in the world, like Budapest, London, Paris. Citizens call Prague the golden city. The reason of the name is in the era of Charles the IV. they covered the tower to the Castle of Prague with gold. The centre of the city is a member of UNESCO world heritage list since 1992.

There are several sightseeing experiences in Prague, but now let’s talk about one: the National Museum. This is the number one museum in the city. It was founded in 1818. The new neo renaissance stylish main building was built about the plans of Josef Schulz. The central “Panteon” building’s decorations was made between 1885 and 1890. The museum is at a dominant point of Wenceslas Square. The building’s front was damaged at the time of Spring of Prague, in 1968 because of the Soviet army’s shootings, and after that it was in danger because of the underground constructions in 1970. The whole building complex have never been reconstructed, so now it’s a little bit raunchy.

But why are we talking about the biggest museum of Prague? The answer is simple. The museum presents a wonderful exhibition-series to its visitors. The main topic is the lifestyle in the 19th century. One part of this is „The 19th century people in photos” exhibition. Photography, as a seemingly authentic depiction of reality, has been in existence for 185 years, which is a very short period of time in comparison with painting or graphics. Now we can see a person’s lifestyle between 1848 and 1918 in photos. There are photos about sport or cultural events, everyday moments or documentation of important events. Get to know an old age better.

The exhibition is available between 13 December 2012 and 9 June 2013 in the Prague’s National Museum’s new building.

Have a good time!

A life in the 19th century