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8. Petrin Hill

The most prominent landmark on Petrin Hill is the miniature Eiffel Tower which was built for the Jubilee Exhibition of 1891.  The Petrin Tower is only 200 feet tall which is a quarter of the height of the original Eiffel Tower in Paris.  A spiral staircase of 299 steps leads up to a viewing platform with spectacular views of Prague.  On a clear day, it is possible to see as far as Bohemia's highest peak in the Krkonoše Mountains.  Petrin Park hosts a series of attractions including a mirror maze which intrigue children, containing walls lined with distorting mirrors.  This is a relic left over from the 1891 Exhibition.  The Church of St. Lawrence is nearby.  There is the famous Hunger Wall named such for giving employment to the poor during a period of famine, a funicular railway, the Museum of Music, and the Michna Palace, a summer estate built for the Kinsky family on the site of an old Dominican convent.  Today, a path winds up to Petrin Park offering great vistas of the city.  Also in the park is the famous Monument to the Victims of Communism built in 2002 by sculptor Olbram Zoubek and a monument to romantic poet Karel Hynek Mácha.