Amusement park at Prague Fairground
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Amusement park in Prague (mostly known under the traditional name Lunapark, which is 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 Fair (Matějská pouť) is usually held from end of February to April and Wenceslas Autumn Fair (Václavská podzimní pouť) from September to October. The Matthew's fair is the most popular and biggest funfair in Czech Republic and host attractions like the Hammer Booster which is 60 meters high and is the highest in Europe and other around 130 attractions. Amusement park is closed from the beginning of November to the end of February.
St. Matthew's 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 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 (Výstaviště Praha) in Bubeneč (nearby Dejvice and Holešovice). Secularization of Czech society caused the religious origins of the fairs to be largely forgotten.
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