Sometimes you see something so simple, so beautiful, so unique and wonder to yourself, “now why didn’t I think of that?”. Well, Štěpán Rambousek did and we are happy to share some beauty under foot, or pod nohama, from Prague and the rest of the Czech Republic.
You have to understand that many of these places are not decades but rather centuries old. The places you walk, along cobblestone pathways, can be from the 14th Century. For example, Celetná is a street in the Old Town, Prague, connecting the Old Town Square with the Powder Gate. It is one of the oldest streets in Prague and is part of the Royal Route. Knights Templars walked the route. And all of the royalty of those times. Later, from Mozart to Kafka, other notable people in history have left their footprints along the stones. Can you imagine?
I wonder how many of them thought to look down as they were walking, because in looking down they may have seen little circular artworks embedded in the cobblestone.
Most people probably take for granted that these are often interesting pieces of art, each with its own history.
It makes sense though – so many of these have been there since a time when everything was made to last forever… and we are glad these have lasted and have not been replaced.
Manhole covers in the city of Prague sometimes show the Prague coat of arms and the name of the sewage company – Prazske kanalizace.
The greatest thing we’ve learned is that the new is often made to look like the old, and we just love that!
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