Stare Mesto: visit the Old Town district in Prague

staromestske namesti stare mesto prague
staromestske namesti stare mesto prague

What to visit in Stare Mesto, the quarter that begins starting from the eastern end of the Charles Bridge, which is the old city of Prague, in his ways passed the woo for the coronation of the new rulers of Bohemia.

Krizovnicke Namesti

This square, which starts from the eastern end of the Charles Bridge, was built in the sixteenth century and was the place where passing parades that were held in every coronation of King of Bohemia. In it there is a statue dedicated to Charles IV, which consists of an iron work done during the first half of the nineteenth century.

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

The monument to Charles IV is located between the Tower of Stare Mesto and the Church of St. Francis Seraphic to the Knights of the Cross, church building built to a design by JB Mathey. The temple, built on an existing place of worship gothic, is characterized by the elegant dome and the beautiful facade, inspired by the pre-classical period French. The interior stands out for its rich decoration, the dome is decorated with frescoes depicting the Judgement of V.Renier.

At the bottom of Marianske Namesti overlooks the Baroque Glam-Gallas Palace, designed by the Viennese JB Fischer von Erlach, today center of Prague. In the vicinity of the wall that surrounds the courtyard, is the Fountain of the Vltava, while the upper side of Marianske Namesti is occupied by the Public Library, opened in 1928 with a collection of over 750,000 volumes.

Staromestske Namesti is the main square, a large historical importance, which is the vital center of Prague. On it overlook valuable architectures, in the past was the scene of important historical facts, are happy and tragic. In 1422 there was executed the preacher J. Želivský, in 1621 it was the turn of the Protestant leaders, while in 1915 there was inaugurated the bronze monument in honor of Jan Hus, important religious reformer, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of his death.

In 1945 we held a town festival to welcome the Soviet army at the end of World War II, while in 1968 the crowd throws Molotov cocktails toward the Soviet tanks, guilty of breaking the dream of the Prague Spring. In 1988 the citizens of Prague, demanding freedom and civil rights, in 1990 takes place instead the so-called Velvet Revolution, which will mark the beginning of a return to democracy.

The night lighting of Staromestske Namesti makes this suggestive square, the atmosphere is perceived type fairy, with surreal dimensions created by the lights reflected on the facades of noble palaces and to the spectacular spiers of the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, which towering above every other building. Around the square and along the Karlova, the evenings are enlivened by musicians and jugglers.

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