A rather strange sight that is not difficult to find in Prague is the Prague metronome located in the Letensky Gardens. It can be easily reached from the city center by crossing the Vltava. The sight, in my opinion, is strange because, to be honest, I do not know what to see there..
Well, yes - it's a huge metronome, high, which is powered by an electric motor (I guess). Otherwise, how can it still swing from side to side without stopping for such a long time. Stands on a hill, on a hill. Next to it is a tiled area. Actually that's all.
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Metronome in Prague
The place is favored by skateboarders, so everything around is painted with graffiti. Stairs, walls, pillars, all tiles in sight. It’s as if you are in some kind of backwater industrial area, and not in one of the most visited places in Prague. The metronome itself overlooks the city. Not bad, but the point is a bit low, and trees interfere with a full view.
There are a couple of viewpoints near the metronome pad, which are located at the same height. The view is better there, without trees. Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and other sights are clearly visible. In general, the Metronome is a place of last resort, the gatehouse is such a great place, without the wow effect..
In general, the Letná sady is a pleasant place. There are many paths here, you can take a walk with children, walk alone. But the park looks so-so in winter, depressing. Without leaves, bare trees, remnants of dead grass, grayness. In summer it will be much more pleasant to walk along the alleys, to be in nature.
Not far from the metronome, I noticed a lot of people skateboarding and rollerblading. Cyclists often passed by, and even a group on electric scooters. There is such a kind of group excursion in Prague, when large enough scooters are taken for a large group
There used to be a monument to Stalin here. The largest in Europe, which was made from monoliths collected throughout Czechoslovakia. Since 1952, out of 32 thousand stone parts, a monument has been erected for all the monuments. Officially it was called «The people of the Czech Republic to their liberator», and the Czechs called him «queue for meat». The column of workers and peasants lining up behind the figure of Stalin lasted only 7 years, from 1955 to 1962.
In 62, it was destroyed by three explosions, despite the colossal cost of the attraction. All this hype with the removal of the monument was of a purely political nature. What's interesting is that nothing of the same scale and significance has been invented. The current Metronome appeared here in 1991 as part of the General Czechoslovak Exhibition.
The metronome is only an exposition, which after the exhibition was abandoned by the decision of the city authorities. It still causes skepticism among local residents and bewilderment among visitors. According to the idea of the author of Metronome, this 24-meter bandura was supposed to symbolize time and its inexorable movement forward.
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Admission is free and round the clock.
I was in December and I can say that it is even more or less visible without foliage. But in the summer there will be no review at all, as I understand it. It's definitely not worth coming here solely for the sake of the metronome itself. If desired, it can be viewed from the Chekhov Bridge. But if we consider it as part of a walk through the Letensky Gardens, then the Metronome harmoniously fits into the route.
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Previously, there was a monument to Stalin, a group composition erected in honor of the 10th anniversary of the liberation of Prague by the Soviet Army. The Czechs called him "the meat queue". Now it has been replaced by a giant metronome. Reviews about this replacement are ambiguous, but as for me, there is a great view of Prague and a very pleasant park. It will be great to while away a couple of hours if you have already looked at everything in the city and you have time to get bored with it..
More about the metronome.
Previously, there was a monument to Stalin, a group composition erected in honor of the 10th anniversary of the liberation of Prague by the Soviet Army. The Czechs called him "the meat queue". Now it has been replaced by a giant metronome. Reviews about this replacement are ambiguous, but as for me, there is a great view of Prague and a very pleasant park. It will be great to while away a couple of hours if you have already seen everything in the city and you have time to get bored with it. More about the metronome.