10 things about Discovery Summit Europe host city Prague
Feb 23, 2017 7:26 AM
Next month, JMP users from all over Europe (and the world) will travel to Prague for Discovery Summit Europe. While attendees look forward to the chance to share best practices with fellow users and JMP experts, the host city is a draw, too.
Here are 10 interesting things about Prague
1. The Prague astronomical clock – or Prague orloj – is the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world, and the oldest still operating. Each hour, a procession of the 12 apostles appears, and the figure of death strikes the time.
2. At 66,761 square meters, Prague Castle is one of the largest in the world – and the largest castle complex, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
3. A number of intellectuals – lawyers, philosophers, teachers, scientists – were forced to build Bránický Bridge during communism. It is also known as the Bridge of Intelligence.
4. The Prague International Marathon is ranked as one of the most prestigious races in the world. The route takes you from medieval Old Town Square and along the Vltava River.
5. Prague is nicknamed “The city of 100 spires.” This comes from the early 19th century when there were 103 spires, counted by Czech mathematician Bernard Bolzano. Prague now has more than 500, including St. Vitus Cathedral, Vysehrad Castle and Strahov monastery.
6. Charles IV laid the first stone of Charles Bridge at 5:31 in the morning on 9 July 1357. The king was into astrology and numerology, and chose this date because of its written form: 1-3-5-7-9-7-5-3-1 (year, day, month, time).
7.There is a graffiti wall dedicated to John Lennon near Charles Bridge.
8. The historic center of Prague is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
9. The Rolling Stones played one of Prague’s first concerts after the Velvet Revolution and financed the lighting system in Prague Castle.
10. Prague’s resident rebel sculptor David Černy created the babies that are climbing up the TV tower on the castle side of the Vltava River.