|The City of Hundred Spires
The capital of the Czech Republic is the political, economic and cultural
center of the state. The president, government and parliament residences
are located here. Prague is the center of academic and vocational
education, the seat of the Academy of Sciences and of a number of
other research and scientific institutes.
It is a significant European cultural center, which includes a number
of theatres, museums, galleries and exhibition halls. It is a European
Prague contains an extremely large number of significant architectural
buildings dating from all periods. The historic town center, which
extends over an area of 866 ha, has been included in the UNESCO World
Cultural and Scientific Heritage list since 1992. Prague is also one
of nine cities, which were awarded the title of "European metropolis
of culture in 2000" by the European Union.
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