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We absolutely loved Prague! We took close to 1000 photos,
from which we selected a handful for your viewing pleasure.
This page could be titled "A walk around the Old Town (Stare Město) of Prague (Praha)."
We selected buildings from our Old Town visits that we really enjoyed photographing.
The historic city of Prague comprises four separate cities - the Old Town (Stare Město),
New Town (Nove Město), Little Quarter (Malá Strana) and Castle Quarter (Hradčany).
Until about 1800 Prague was four separate towns with four separate town squares,
all separated by fortified walls.
ABOVE LEFT - The Adria Palace is an important modernist building.
It has a Cubist facade and a huge sculpture on the ledge of the parapet.
ABOVE Right - The old Powder Tower was the gothic gate to the
city of Prague and built to store gunpowder - built in 15th century
BELOW LEFT - The art nouveau Municipal House of Prague
BELOW MIDDLE - The Estates Theatre gets a new roof
BELOW RIGHT - Neo-Renaissance style building, currently a 5 star hotel.
BELOW - The Hotel Paris is an Art Nouveau hotel built in 1904.
In 1984 it was declared a historical monument.
BELOW LEFT - Ungelt courtyard housing a customs post for merchants entering the Old Town
was situated here as early as the 12th century. Every merchant had to submit his goods and pay
duty (ungelt – it is German for money, hence the name). In return the ruler would guarantee
his safety. Customs duty was paid here until the end of the 16th century.
The loggia of the wing we can see from the courtyard is decorated with religious and mythical motifs.
BELOW MIDDLE - Jugendstil facade of building of Ministry for local development on Old Town Square
BELOW RIGHT - This is the most beautiful Rococo building in Prague. It was built between
1755 and 1765 and in 1768 it was bought by Stepan Kinsky, an Imperial diplomat.
In February 1948 Klement Gottwald proclaimed communist rule in Czechoslovakia
from the palace balcony. Nowadays, the Kinsky palace belongs to the National Gallery.
BELOW LEFT - Its distinctive twin Gothic spires make the Týn Church an unmistakable
Old Town landmark. Like something out of a 15th-century fairy tale, they loom over the
Old Town Square, decorated with a golden image of the Virgin Mary made in the 1620s
from the melted down Hussite chalice that
previously adorned the church.
BELOW - Prague’s Old Town Hall, founded in 1338, is a hodgepodge of medieval
buildings acquired piecemeal over the centuries, presided over by a tall
Gothic tower with a splendid Astronomical Clock.
BELOW LEFT - Gate to the Little Quarter (Malá Strana).
BELOW MIDDLE - Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske Namesti)
BELOW RIGHT - The Estates Theatre opened in 1783. It is Prague's oldest theatre
and its finest neo-classical building. In 1787, Mozart personally
conducted the world premiere of Don Giovanni here.
The city is truly a pleasure for all, historians, tourists, and especially students of architecture.
Prague is literally a textbook of styles throughout the centuries.
BELOW RIGHT - Lots of Baroque Buildings on the waterfront.