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June 18, 2020: Prague Central Station


Prague's Central Station looks like most modern rail stations to arriving passengers who mostly come in through the late 1970s new terminal building, a no doubt efficient way to move people and trains.

But it lacks the charm and the railroadness of the old Art Nouveau building from 1901 that is now largely hidden from view, unless you go to seek out some of the retail shops that have been installed there.


Prague's motto since 1927, proclaiming it the 'Mother of Cities' is enshrined here. The date above it, October 28, 1918, is the date the Czechoslovak National Council proclaimed the country's independence from the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.


Bits of new and old station can be seen in this exterior shot, and below it, two striking details from the facade.



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