Life in Prague
Emerson College offers a rewarding and unique film experience in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. One of the finest cities in Europe, Prague lies in the heart of Europe. Rich in history, culture, and beauty, Prague’s attractions and landmarks will be the classroom for students’ learning and experiences.
A Few Facts About Life in Prague
- Prague has been the political, cultural, and economic center of the Czech state for over 1,100 years.
- For the most part, Prague escaped extensive bombing during WWII and thus maintained its unique historical appearance with hidden passageways, winding, medieval cobblestone streets and beautiful palaces and churches.
- Prague is known as "a textbook of architectural styles": Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Rococo, Art Nouveau and Modernist styles are well represented in the City. In 1992, the historical center of the city was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
- Some of the major nationalities represented in Prague include Austrian, German, Hungarian, Polish, Romany and Slovak.
- The city is home to more than 1.3 million people.
- Prague was twice the seat of the Holy Roman Empire and once the throne of the Habsburg Empire.
- The Czechs drink more beer per capita than other country in the world.
- Prague Castle, from the 9th century, is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest ancient castle in the world.
- Meals in Prague mostly consist of pork or beef with sauce and a side dish, the most common being dumplings, rice,or potatoes.
- Prague has emerged as one of the world's favorite high-quality locations for filmmakers and music video productions.
- Prague an artistic city. A wide variety of artists have lived and created here, from literary masters to painters to musicians including: Franz Kafka, Milan Kundera, Vaclav Havel, Alfonse Mucha, Antonin Dvorak, Milos Forman, and more.
- Prague was under communist rule for over 40 years and seldom visited by tourists until after the Velvet Revolution on November 17,1989. On January 1, 1993 Czechoslovakia split in two and the Czech Republic was founded.
Prague at night.
Students will have the chance to explore Prague's 1100-year history and view Baroque and Romanesque architecture, historic palaces, and churches. Prague is located in the center of Europe and is inhabited by 1.2 million people.
Prague film students will attend the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. A full weekend of activities are planned for this group excursion.