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OLD TOWN - PRAGUE GUIDE - PLACES OF INTEREST

The Old Town with Old Town Square is a core of Prague. The Old Town itself is composed of many little streets that originated in middle ages. It is very easy and pleasant to get lost there. If you choose a hotel in the Old Town, your time in Prague will be enriched with one more wonderful experience.

There are Hotel Haštal Old Town ***, Prague, Hotel MELANTRICH ***, Prague, Hotel CENTRAL Prague ***, Prague or Apartments Hastalska , Prague. .

Bridge Tower (Staromestska mostecka vez)
Bridge Tower (Staromestska mostecka vez)

Bridge Tower (Staromestska mostecka vez)

The tower form the entrance to the Charles Bridge on the side of the Old Town. Petr Parler built it in Gothic style. The tower is open for public who can admire an exposition of music instruments there.


Royal Gallery (Kralovska galerie)
Royal Gallery (Kralovska galerie)

Royal Gallery (Kralovska galerie)

Prague 1, Krizovnicke namesti 3

An exposition of a part of national treasure from the times of crusades is deposited here. In its underground you can see St. Frantisek Chapel from the 17th century.


Klementinum
Klementinum

Klementinum

Prague 1, Marianske namesti

A massive complex of buildings called Klementinum used to be Jesuit College. Nowadays it is a seat of the National Library of the Czech Republic and the State Technical Library. The main architect was Italian C. Lurago.

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Municipal House (Obecni dum)
Municipal House (Obecni dum)

Municipal House (Obecni dum)

Prague 1, Namesti Republiky

It is a splendorous house built in Art Nouveau style. The Municipal House serves for exhibitions and concerts. Rich exterior and interior decorations were created by big artists connected with the Czech Secession such as A. Mucha, J. V. Myslbek, L Saloun, M. Svabinsky, M. Ales and J. Zenisek. It was reopened after an extensive reconstruction in spring in 1997.

A luxurious Hotel Pariz *****, Prague is right beside the Municipal House. If you like Art Nouveau style, you should know that the hotel was constructed in the same style too.


St. Anezka Convent (Klaster svate Anezky)
St. Anezka Convent (Klaster svate Anezky)

St. Anezka Convent (Klaster svate Anezky)

Prague 1, Anezska Street

This convent belongs to early Gothic period. A complex of buildings was built during a reign of Wenceslas I. and Premysl II. between years 1234 and 1280. Nowadays there is a concert hall and a permanent exhibition of the National Gallery (Czech arts of painting and sculpture).


 

Royal Route (Kralovska cesta)

Following this path you would retrace the traditional route of the coronation procession of Czech kings. You would pass by many important buildings. The route is constituted by Powder Gate, Celetna Street, Old Town Square, Karlova Street, Charles Bridge, Mostecka Street and Nerudova Street. You will find there also many shops with crafts or souvenirs and lots of typical Czech pubs that will make your walk even more pleasant.


Powder Gate
Powder Gate

Powder Gate

Prague 1, Na Prikopec

The gate is just beside Municipal House at the beginning of Celetna Street. Matyas Rejsek constructed it in 1475 in Gothic style. It used to serve as a gunpowder store.


Estates Thearte (Stavovske divadlo)
Estates Thearte (Stavovske divadlo)

Estates Thearte (Stavovske divadlo)

Prague 1, Ovocny trh

The theatre was built between years 1781 and 1783. In 1787 a very successful premier of Mozart’s Don Giovanni was played here. This theatre remained intact from Mozart's time. There the concert scenes were filmed for Milos Forman's Amadeus.


Karolinum
Karolinum

Karolinum

Prague 1, Ovocny trh 5

Karolinum is the oldest complex of buildings of Charles University that was founded in 1348 by Charles IV. It’s the oldest university in central Europe. You can see here various temporary exhibitions now.


Bethlehem Chapel
Bethlehem Chapel

Bethlehem Chapel

Prague 1, Betlemske namesti

The original chapel was destroyed completely in fifties of the 20th century. Present building is its exact imitation constructed by architect J. Fragner. The original chapel was built for services in Czech language in 1391. Reformer Jan Huss preached there.



Jewish Town of Prague (Prazske Zidovske Mesto)
Jewish Town of Prague (Prazske Zidovske Mesto)

Jewish Town of Prague (Prazske Zidovske Mesto)

Prague 1, Old Town

Jewish Town is a unique area in Europe because many untouched buildings preserved until presence, e.g. synagogues, Jewish Town Hall and Old Jewish Cemetery.

 
  • Klaus synagogue (Klausova synagoga) – was founded in 1680; there is an exhibition of Hebrew manuscripts and old prints.
  • Pinkas synagogue (Pinkasova synagoga)- was founded in 1479 by rabbi Pinkas; it was changed into a memorial to victims of Holocaust after the Second World War.
  • Maisl synagogue (Mailsova synagoga)– you can see an exposition of silver articles that come from other Czech synagogues.
  • Jewish Town Hall (Zidovska mestska radnice) – comes from the half of the 16th century; its clock has very unsual design.
  • Former Ceremonial Hall (Obradni sin) – now houses an exhibition of paintings by children from concentration camp in Terezin.
  • Old Jewish Cemetery (Stary zidovsky hrbitov) - was founded in the half of the 15th century and it was used until the end of the 18th century. One of the oldest tombstones belongs to Mordechaj Maisl who was laid to rest in 1606. A grave of rabbi Low (died in 1609) is there, too. It’s said that if you put a stone on one of the graves and say what you wish, it will fulfil.
  • Staronova synagogue (Staronova synagoga) - this early Gothic building comes from the 13th century.

If you want to enter any of these monuments, you have to buy a ticket for each of them or you can choose a ticket that allows you to enter them all.

 
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