"Knowledge with Fun"
My name is Petr Prokopik, I have lived in Prague, a city I truly love, all my life. I was 14 at the collapse of communism, so I have memories of living under the communist Government and witnessing the velvet revolution. Things have changed a great deal in the past 30 years!
I have been guiding visitors to Prague since I was an undergraduate in 1995 - I went on to complete my PhD in Anthropology in 2008.
My years of experience as a licensed guide and my love of Prague's history, art and architecture motivated me to establish my own guiding company in 2005 specialising in tours for members of the LBGTQ+ community.
My special area's of interest are; LGBT+ History, Jewish History, 20th Century Architecture and Classical Music.
You can read my reviews on Tripadvisor here.
You can choose one of the set tours listed below or let me know your interests and I will customise one for you.
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My most popular tour which will show you the highlights of Prague, all the important buildings and architectural styles that have shaped Prague's history and culture.
You will see the Municipal House, a beautiful Art Nouveau building and a national cultural landmark, the unique 'At the Black Madonna' a ground-breaking Cubist building built in the early 20th century which houses a cubist cafe, museum and design shop. At the Old Town Square there many more architectural delights like the Astronomical Clock, the elegant Gothic Church of Our Lady in front of Tyn and the pink Rococo Kinsky Palace.
Further along from the Old Town Square is and the Estate Theatre, where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed the world premier of his opera 'Don Giovanni'.
You will see David Cerny's 'Upside down horse' and get an explanation to many more of the artists amusing but controversial work. The tour then continues across the famous 14th century Charles Bridge and onto the Lesser Quarter below Prague Castle which houses numerous Renaissance and Classicist palaces and gardens.
My ambition is to give you an interesting introduction to Prague's history and its architectural development as well as an insight into other social and cultural factors which influenced the way the city looks today.
It is said that Prague has been standing on 3 legs - Czech, German and Jewish. This tour will focus on the latter cultural influence, so often forgotten, neglected or marginalized, but so interesting and influential.
You will see the world famous Old Jewish cemetery with thousands of clustered tombstones and pictorial symbols. The cemetery dates back to the Middle Ages and is also one of the most fascinating sites of the Jewish Quarter. It is also the final resting place of Rabbi Loew (Prague Maharal) the great Talmudic scholar, Jewish mystic, philosopher and perhaps the creator of the legendary Golem.
The tour further takes you to the other important Synagogues in the Jewish Quarter:
The Klausen Synagogue - once intended by the Nazi's to become "The Museum of an extinguished race".
The Maisel Synagogue - built by an influential philanthropist and communal leader in the Jewish ghetto, Mordecai Meisel.
The Pinkas Synagogue, which has been altered to a truly moving memorial to the Czech victims of the Holocaust. This memorial also houses a mesmerizing yet deeply disturbing collection of paintings by the Children interned in the Terezin concentration camp.
The tour then finishes at the Old New Synagogue, a rare example of Romanesque architecture and the second oldest synagogue in this part of the world. Considered the centre of the Prague Jewish community for centuries, it is today, unfortunately, the only synagogue with regular services.
Please note: the Spanish Synagogue is closed for refurbishment until the last quarter of 2020. In its place we will visit the beautiful Jubilee Synagogue which was built in 1906 in a unique combination of Moorish and art nouveau styles.
The tour focuses on the Prague Castle district, the oldest and core part of Old Prague.
On our approach to the Castle you will see the monumental Cernicky Palace and the opulent Baroque Loreto Church with it's tower decorated with 16 bells.
The tour then continues into Prague Castle, which encompasses numerous courtyards, gardens and a beautiful view of the city. The Castle courtyards are dominated by the St.Vitus Cathedral, which took a thousand years to build and is decorated with intricate stained glass windows ranging from old to modern.
From the Cathedral we continue to the Old Royal Palace with a masterpiece of Gothic architecture - the remarkable rounded rib vault. Then to the Romanesque St. George's Basilica and the Daliborka Tower which guards one of the oldest secrets of gay love in the Czech lands and of course the famous Golden Lane with it's miniature buildings, which at one time was the home of Franz Kafka.
The tour continues though narrow streets of the Lesser Quarter, a mysterious place with a magical atmosphere, we can visit the oldest traditional pubs of this specific part of old Prague where each building is named by use of a mystical symbol which follows a legend.
The tickets we purchase for Prague Castle will entitle you to entrance to the Prague Castle Picture Gallery - which houses the remains of Rudolf II's collection of renaissance art and also of the works of later periods by Tintoretto, Tizian, Rubens, Czech Baroque Art , etc. - as well as the popular permanent exhibition "The Story of Prague Castle" which you can return to explore further at a later time if you wish.
During this tour you will discover the beautiful Art Nouveau apartment buildings in the old town, you will see the magnificent Municipal house from the same period. But you will also go back further into history when looking at the Gothic House at the Stone Bell from the Middle Ages.
The tour will also show you examples of old Renaissance buildings and the etched graffiti paintings. You will further learn about the monument of Jan Hus on the Old Town Square and it's importance in Czech history. And no-one would miss the old buildings built by Charles IV in his effort to make Prague a world capital.
At the end of the tour you would have learned not only about important Prague architecture but also about the history of the Old Town, which has played an important role in the formation of this country.
We are modern people and we like modern architecture. Therefore this tour will emphasize the most important developments in Prague over the last hundred years.
We will start in the early 20th century and the Art Nouveau architecture represented by the Municipal House, the birthplace of modern Czech art and a national cultural landmark decorated by Jan Preisler, Max Svabinsky, and Alfons Mucha.
Next in line is the unique Prague Cubist architecture, which has shaken the foundations of world architecture and changed our perception of modernity forever. The best example is the house 'At the Black Madonna' built by Josef Gocar in 1911, with its elegant Grand Cafe Orient which symbolizes the unique Czech contribution to the Cubist movement, not only in architecture but in furniture, pottery and glass.
The tour will also take you to significant Rondo-Cubist buildings such as the Bank of Czechoslovak Legions with its stylish interior or the Adria Palace, built by Pavel Janak and Josef Zasche before the First World War.
The most amusing examples of contemporary Czech art are no doubt the provocative statues by David Cerny, who is best known for painting a monument of a Russian occupation tank pink after the fall of communism in 1989 or for his kinetic statue of two peeing men, but there is so much more :-) ...
Last but not least, we will admire the graceful pose of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, captured by F.O.Gehry in his dynamic 'Dancing Building' thus bringing Prague art and architecture into the 21st century.
Over the years I have had the privilege of guiding a huge number of people from all over the world from many different walks of life; Congressman, MP, TV presenter, Magazine editors, Musicians, Doctors, Architects and many others.... my work has been a life enriching experience and I have had great satisfaction sharing my passion for Prague with so many people.
My previous guests have been kind enough to reward me with 100% 5 star reviews on Tripadvisor. You can read the reviews here.
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