Everyday, sitting in my kitchen/living room, I look out the window to see the beautiful city of Prague. To the left, down the Vltava, I see Old Town Square with Our Lady of Tyn peeking above the buildings. Just a little closer, I see the National Theatre lit up at night with the Dancing House just across the river. With all these landmarks, what do I see straight in front of me? The Žižkov Television Tower.
Dominating the Prague skyline since 1992 (began construction in ‘85), the tower is a prime example of the communist influence on Prague’s architecture. In 2000, Czech Artist David Černý added sculptures of babies crawling up and down the tower. The exhibit was later made permanent due to its popularity.
Seeing that this is something I’ve seen everyday since being here, I felt the necessity to go visit it today and actually go up it. Once I got close, I realized first of all, how tall it was, and secondly, how creepy it is. I thought the babies would help make it funnier, but instead, it was slightly disturbing.
Once I took the elevator up to the observation deck area (3 different compartments on the pillars), I found out I was the only one there! Signage and literature was limited (both in number and information on its rumored purpose), and the attraction was simply the view. The eerie simplicity of the area did not make me want to linger around for too long, but the view was amazing!