Mala Strana Prague: what to see in the old quarter
What to see in Mala Strana in Prague, when and where it originated, who was its founder and as did the expansion of what became the permanent residence of noble families and wealthy.
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The origins of Mala Strana dates back to 1257 when King Premysl Otakar II wanted to give an accommodation to German settlers on the left bank of the Vltava river, precisely at the point between the hills of Hradcany and Petrin.
Under King Charles IV took place a massive expansion of the urban fabric, were restructured and, in other cases, the ultimate old churches also were erected fortifications and other works designed to defend the town.
In the XV-XVI the Mala Strana district was severely damaged by fire, for that, subsequently, began un’ingente reconstruction and expansion, which led to the transformation of concrete Mala Strana in a residential area of prestige.
Nobles and wealthy, after settling in Mala Strana in a stable manner, enriched the district of magnificent palaces and beautiful churches.
The charm of Mala Strange was also accentuated by the fact that, through its streets, unfolded the path of the coronation of the kings of Bohemia.
The ancient center of the district of Mala Strana, is divided into two small squares, overlooked by buildings from the great architectural value.
In the upper square is the eighteenth-century plague column, with sculptures depicting the SS. Trinity and the patron saints of Bohemia.
Among the buildings that deserve to be remembered, include Kaiserstejn Palace, built in the first half of the seventeenth century and resulting from the unification of existing residences Gothic, the House at the stone table, rococo, the Liechtenstein Palace, dating from the late sixteenth century, the Town Hall of the late Renaissance, with the characteristic plaque on the facade in remembrance of the promulgation of the Confessio Bohema in 1575.