Fin-de-siècle Prosperity in Prague Cafes
Prague Cafe Tour
Lenka Philippová is a religious scholar and currently a resident of the historic district of Prague. Born in the northeast of the country and having moved to the outskirts of Prague at an early age, she likes to joke that she keeps moving through peripheries toward the center – the next stop should be the Charles Bridge. Lenka has a Master's degree in Hussite Theology and Religious Studies, and she is finishing her Ph.D. in History at the Centre of Ibero-American Studies of the Charles University in Prague. Since graduation, she has been also teaching at her Alma mater. Her main interest is the intersection of religion, culture and politics and the many ways the past shapes and is shaped by the present. Lenka is a dedicated walker. While marching through the cobblestone streets of Prague, she loves to trace the many histories and memories visible in its architecture and development. She enjoys sharing her insights and providing visitors of her favorite city with context.
Prague native Hana studied Historical Sciences at Charles University, where she focused her thesis on the lives of children who were deported to Terezin concentration camp during the Second World War. An expert in both medieval and 20th century Czech history, Hana has vast experience leading tours, having worked in the profession for over 25 years.
Marek Červený studied at the Institute of Art History at the Charles University in Prague, earning a Masters degree in 2011. His thesis focused on the influence of the political system of the interwar Czechoslovak Republic on the iconography of official art commissions. His field of interest covers modern art, public monuments, funeral sculpture, sculptural decoration of architecture and the relations between politics and art. He believes that one need not visit museums to enjoy art, rather it is enough to look around while walking on the streets. This approach helps him understand Prague and the connection between its history, society, its institutions and the people who built it. Marek also enjoys working with archival records, using these to fill empty gaps in the story of Czech art.
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