Prague Alchemists and Mad Emperor

Prague has been a mysterious city since ancient history

Magic Prague, City of a Hundred Spires, City of Fate…these are all names associated with Prague, and rightly so. From her inception, Prague has had a magical, mystical feel and a deep-rooted connection to the spiritual.  From the first named people group to inhabit these parts, the Celtic Boii, came Prague’s mystic druid beginnings. The Slavic tribes who followed brought their own flavor of pagan spirituality that was slowly absorbed and interwoven in the Christianity introduced to the Bohemians of 10th century Prague. Each footprint left by History as she tread through Prague, left a deeper and more distinct path into the next unfurling of the magic in her folds. Alchemy is the most recent, and perhaps the most captivating, of these tracks.

Prague and Emperor Rudolf II

Call it the perfect marriage of a spiritually drenched city and the modern sophistication that comes with being the seat of authority for the Holy Roman Empire. Rudolf II was drawn to the mysticism of Prague’s past, and wanted to further his own occult interests while prompting his Empire into the next realm of enlightenment and modernity through alchemy.

View of Prague CastleThe flourishing of alchemy in the 17th Century