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Friday, July 14, 2023

Powder Gate

This frequently repaired Gothic Gate (Powder Tower) reminds us of when the Royal Court Palace used to stand here, and the gate formed an entrance into Old Town. Powder Tower is one of the 13 original fortified gates to Old Town. Today stands isolated next to the Art Nouveau Municipal House, whose interior was partially designed by Alphons Mucha. The 65-metre tall Powder Tower dates back to 1475 during the reign of King Vladislav II Jagiello. It was built to form one of the 13 entrances to Old Town. However, in 1483 the tower was left unfinished because the king moved to Prague Castle. The present Gothic look was shaped 200 years later. The exterior decorations, gravely damaged during the occupation of Prague in 1757, were reconstructed together with the gate in 1876. The gate acquired its name in the 17th century because it was used for storing gunpowder (originally called the Horská gate). The tower is a duplicate copy of the original tower which can be seen at Charles Bridge.

There is also a small exhibition about the tower, and it is open for great views of the city.

Address: Na příkopě, New Town

Getting there: Metro B – station Náměstí Republiky

Open: daily, Mar & Oct daily 10am-8pm; Nov – Feb 10am-6pm, Apr – Sep 10am – 10pm

Admission: 70 CZK, admission free with Prague Card

Other names: Prašná Brána; Powder Tower


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