Stare Mesto (Prague): what to see in the neighborhood


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What to see in Stare Mesto, the district that starts from the eastern end of the Charles Bridge and which constitutes the old city of Prague, in its streets courting passed on the occasion of the coronation of the new Bohemian rulers.


Tourist information

Krizovnicke Namesti, a square that starts from the eastern end of Charles Bridge, was built in the 16th century and was the place where the processions that were held at each coronation of the Bohemian Kings passed by.

In it there is a statue dedicated to Charles IV, which consists of an iron work made during the first half of the nineteenth century.


The Church of San Salvatore is a Jesuit temple in Renaissance style, inside there is an eighteenth-century fresco, depicting the four parts of the world, by the artist K. Kovar.

The monument to Charles IV is located between the Tower of Stare Mesto and the Church of San Francesco Serafico ai Cavalieri della Croce, a cult building built on a project by J.B. Mathey.

The temple, built on a pre-existing Gothic place of worship, is characterized by the elegant dome and the beautiful facade, inspired by the French pre-classic period.


The interior stands out for the rich decorations, the dome is frescoed with the Last Judgment of V.Renier.

In the lower part of the Marianske Namesti overlooks the Baroque Glam-Gallas Palace, designed by the Viennese J.B. Fischer Von Erlach, now home to the Prague Archive.

Near the wall that surrounds the courtyard, there is the Vltava Fountain, while the upper side of Marianske Namesti is occupied by the Civic Library, opened in 1928 with collections of over 750,000 volumes.


What see

Staromestske Namesti is the main square, of great historical importance, which represents the vital center of Prague. Precious architecture overlooks it, in the past it was the scene of important historical events, happy and tragic.

In 1422 the preacher J. Zelivsky was executed there, in 1621 it was the turn of the Protestant leaders, while in 1915 the Bronze Monument was inaugurated in honor of Jan Hus, an important religious reformer, on the occasion of the 500 years since his death.

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In 1945, a town festival was held there to welcome the Soviet army at the end of the Second World War, while in 1968 the crowd threw Molotov cocktails at Soviet tanks, guilty of having broken the dream of the Prague Spring.

In 1988 the citizens of Prague demand freedom and civil rights, in 1990 the so-called velvet revolution takes place, which will mark the beginning of a return to democracy.

The night lighting of Staromestske Namesti makes this square very suggestive, the perceived atmosphere is fairytale-like, with surreal dimensions created by the lights that reflect on the facades of the noble buildings and towards the spectacular spiers of the Church of Santa Maria di Tyn, which they stand above every other building.

Around the square and along the Karlova, the evenings are enlivened by players and jugglers.

DesignovĂ˝ penthouse Praha 1 (August 2022)


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