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Smetana’s ‘Home’ on the River

By Baia Dzagnidze Within walking distance of the Charles Bridge, with an astonishing view of Prague Castle across the Vltava River, you’ll find the Bedřich Smetana Museum. The display currently presented at the museum is the third permanent exhibition in the history of the museum and was opened in 1998. Its unusual design is dedicated to Smetana, often regarded as the founder of Czech national music, and is divided into parts…

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Dvořák, Interactive

From the moment you open the heavy door of the Antonín Dvořák Museum and hear his music playing on recordings, you find yourself in completely different world, the world of a composer. Here you can wander around displays of the maestro’s personal possessions: a copy of his birth certificate, pictures of his family and friends, a photo of the house on Žitná street where the Dvořáks lived starting in 1877;…

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The Czech Republic’s ‘Go To’ Destinations

It takes a peculiar sense of humor to build a music pavilion above a row of tannery shops. The tanners, at work dyeing leather with some of the most acrid substances known to man, might have welcomed the sweet music floating down from the castle. But the same cannot be said of the gentry savoring those sweet minuets and sarabandes on the cliff above them. They must have had a…

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