Amusement park at Prague Fairground
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Amusement park in Prague (mostly known under the traditional name Matějská pouť, Saint Matthew's Pilgrimage Fair, sometimes called also "lunapark" which is a rare synonyme of "pouť", a common name of amusement parks in Czech), is situated in the territory of the Prague Fairground (Výstaviště Praha] in Prague-Bubeneč, nearby Holešovice. It is one of the few grounds in the Czech Republic that permanently (in spring and autumn season) host amusement attractions like roller coaster, Ferris wheel etc. The fairground is run by the Incheba company, the fair by Kočka company, both owned by Kočka family. Also in Stromovka Park and Prague Fairground you will find a Planetarium, Tipsport Arena, Industrial Palace, Sea World Aquarium and Divadlo Goja Music Hall.
St. Matthew's Pilgrimage Fair (Matějská pouť) has very old tradition, which dates back to 1595, originally as the parish fair of Saint Matthew Church on hills nearby Dejvice (history of the church extends to 10th century). The baroque pilgrim's route started from the Bruska Gate of Prague and the fairs extended also to the lower places of the way. For several decades of early 20th century, the amusement park was stabilized at the Vítězné náměstí (Victory Square) in Prague-Dejvice. However, the development of Dejvice forced this action from this place in 1960s. Past several places in early 1960's (Letná, Modřany, Břevnov) the park become moved to Prague Fairground in Bubeneč (nearby Dejvice and Holešovice). Secularization of Czech society caused the religious origins of the fairs to be largely forgotten.
St. Matthew's Pilgrimage Fair (Matějská pouť) and Wenceslas Autumn Pilgrimage Fair (Václavská podzimní pouť) are held regularly in this amusement park and are the most popular and biggest funfairs in Czech Republic. The Matthew's fair is usually held from end of February to April and host attractions like the Hammer Booster which is 60 meters high and is the highest in Europe and other around 130 attractions. The Wenceslas fair is usually held from September to October. Amusement park is closed from the beginning of November to the end of February.
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