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Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square was once a horse market but today it is Prague’s most famous and impressive 750-metre-long boulevard. It is the symbolic heart of modern Prague for independent Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. It was the place of protests against the Soviet invasion in 1968 and 1969, and of celebrations in 1989 when the Communist regime collapsed. The neo-Renaissance National Museum and a massive statue of St. Wenceslas on horseback at the northern end dominate the square. Another significant building is Koruna palác – a covered shopping arcade with a stunning glass dome dating from 1911. The square is a popular place for a stroll and is lined with many cafes, shops, restaurants, cinemas, nightclubs and hotels.

Wenceslas Square

The south end of Na příkopě meets Wenceslas Square (Václvské náměstí) – the 750-metre long and 60-metre wide boulevard. It was first laid out over 600 years ago in the Charles IV period when it was used as a horse market. Since then the square has been a regular parade …

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Lucerna Passage

This extensive, somewhat gloomy, Art Nouveau labyrinth under Lucerna Palace from 1920 is bordered by Wenceslas Square, Stepanska, V Jame and Vodickova. There are numerous shops, restaurants and a music club, as well as an upside-down copy of the famous St Wenceslas statue, by artist David Cerny, dangling outside Lucerna …

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Hotel Europa

From the golden age of hotels, it was built in a highly decorated Art Nouveau style between 1903 and 1906. The hotel not only retains its splendid façade crowned with gilded nymphs, but many of the interiors on the ground floor have remained virtually intact, including the original bars, mirrors, …

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Na prikope

Prague’s part part-pedestrianised high street, lined with fashion outlets, restaurants and shopping arcades, slants down from Republic Square to the northern tip of Wenceslas Square. Chain-stores, restaurants and shopping malls dominate the scene, while modern art installations appear in summer. Location: Na prikope, New Town

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Wenceslas Square History

In 1348, Bohemian King Charles IV founded the New Town of Prague. The plan included several open areas for markets, of which the largest was the Koňský trh, or Horse Market. At the south-eastern end of the market was the Horse Gate, one of the gates in the walls of …

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Does Wenceslas Square Bring Prague Down?

Wenceslas Square is undoubtedly one of the most well-known area of Prague, however it is somewhere that does not appeal to every tourist that visits this wonderful city. This is the same with every city in the world though, as there is always a place filled with tourists and too …

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