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Prague Historical Quarters

‘The magic city’, ‘the city with 100 bell towers’, ‘the golden city’, the Old Town, the New Town, the Jewish Quarter … all city quarters are amazing places waiting to be explored. Prague used to be known as the ‘Five Towns‘, and although it has now been divided into 10 separate districts, most visitors concentrate on the five historic towns: Hradcany, Stare Mesto (Old Town), Mala Strana (Lesser Quarter), Nove Mesto (New Town) and the the Jewish Quarter.

In earlier times, the inhabitants of the congested Old Town and Josefov, the old Jewish Quarter, must have felt envious when they looked across to the New Town, where the far-sighted designs of Charles IV and his architects had created broad, open spaces and avenues such as the Charles and Wenceslas squares. Today, however, the Old Town has been beautifully restored, and Josefov’s Pařížská is a chic avenue lined with expensive shops.

The Royal Way: Intersecting the 4 towns—from the Cathedral of St Vitus to Charles Bridge, and subsequently onto the Powder Tower—is the Královská Cesta (Royal Way), the historical route of coronation marches. These days, this spine of Prague is blighted by cheap trinket stores and overcrowded by tourist groups. Only utilize it for orientation—try to circumvent it if you wish to experience the genuine Prague.

Vinohrady

Vinohrady is a beautiful residential area of Prague that carries a reputation of prestige and elegance. It covers portions of Prague 2, 3, and 10. Most of its grand Neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Pseudo-Baroque and Neo-Gothic buildings come from the second half of the 19th century and the first half of …

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Pohorelec

Pohorelec means “The Scene of Fire”. It is a small and quiet square in the Castle District in Prague, which has burned down many times during its history. There are picturesque buildings around it and many important historical monuments are situated nearby: a gateway to the Strahov Monastery is located …

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Old Town Bridge Tower

The smaller tower, a Romanesque structure, dates back to the 12th century, while its current Renaissance shape is from 1591. The higher tower is from 1464 and its late Gothic architecture draws upon the Parléř’s Old Town Bridge Tower. The gate between the towers was constructed in the early 15th …

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Maltese Square

The Knights of Malta once lived in this part of the Little Quarter where they had a monastery since 1169. And till now the square still bears their name. It is dominated by the 12th-century Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain with mighty Gothic towers and such beautiful Baroque …

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New World (Novy Svet)

North of Lorentanske Square, right behind Prague Castle, lies New World (Nový Svět). It is a country lane of quaint cottages dating back to the mid-14th century but most were rebuilt in the 17th century. At that time residents, in their fight against poverty, chose golden house signs for their …

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