Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička) gets its name from the goldsmiths who lived here in the 17th century. The narrow and short Golden Lane is popular for its tiny colourful houses built right into the arches of the castle walls. Most houses are from the late 1500s. In the 18th and 19th centuries, they were occupied by squatters; later, it was the home of the writer Franz Kafka (number 22) and the Nobel-laureate poet Jaroslav Seifert. Now, most of the houses are converted to shops selling souvenirs.