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New Town

Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske namesti)

Prague 1, New Town

The shopping centre of Prague. In the upper part of the square is the statue of St. Wenceslas with four patron saints of Bohemia (St. Prokop, St. Adalbert, St. Ludmila and St. Agnes) by Josef Vaclav Myslbek. Erected in 1912.

The National Museum (Narodni muzeum)

Prague 1, Vaclavske nam. 68

A neo-Renaissance building designed by architect Josef Schulz in 1885-90.
See chapter Museums for more details.

The National Theatre (Narodni divadlo)

Prague 1, Narodni trida 2

A Neo-Rennaisance building of 1868-81, built to plans of J. Zitek. A fire destroyed much of the building in its first year of existence; it was reconstructed by architect Josef Schulz in 1883. The outside and inside decoration was completed by the artists of the National Theatre generation . M. Ales, F. Zenisek, V. Hynais, J. V. Myslbek, etc. The National Theatre is the outstanding Czech stage and its repertoire consists of drama, opera and ballet performances.


On a rock over the river Vltava, this is the ancient seat of the Premyslide princes. The oldest building there is the rotunda of St. Martin. In the vicinity of St. Peter and Paul's Church is a residence for canons, casemates, a park, and a cemetery called Slavin containing tombs of famous representatives of Czech culture. From the south part of the fortifications one has a beautiful view of Prague. The Vysehrad site is opened the whole day.

Open daily:
April - October 9.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
November - March 9.30 a.m. - 5. p.m.

Other historical targets in the New Town and surroundings

Emmaus (Emauzy)

Prague 2, Vysehradska 49

The Emmaus monastery with the Church of Our Lady and Slavic patron saints was founded by Charles IV in 1347 for Slavonic Benedictines. At the endof World War II it was burned by bombing. The two asymmetrical spires were finished in 1967.

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Jindrisska vez (Jindrisska Tower)

Prague 1, Jindrisska

The tower of the late gothic style (1472 - 1476) built as a separate belfry of Italian model. After the fire id 1745 it was adapted in the baroque style and in 1870s rebuilt in a gothic style (architect Mocker). The clock on a tower with two cimbalons is dated in 1577. After the extensive reconstruction the tower was open for public in 2002. This highest separate belfry in Prague is 66 m high and has ten floors. It is possible to make a view of Prague from the corner turrets and visit here the cafe, the stylish resturant with a view, the exhibition and shopping premises.

Opening hours:
daily 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

New Town Hall (Novomestska radnice)

Prague 2, Karlovo namesti 23

A gothic complex of buildings from the late 14th and early 15th centuries, rebuilt in the renaissance style in the 16th century. It contains a tower with Our Lady Chapel, two gothic halls with ribbed vaults and a renaissance hall. During 1377 - 1784 the seat of the New Town authorities. On 30th July, 1419, the scene of the defenestration of the Catholic aldermen by Prague Hussites which mardked the begining of the Hussite revolution.

Open for visitors:
the tower daily except Mondays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (May - September)
halls during exhibitions daily except Mondays 10 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

Jan Zizka of Trocnov Memorial (Pamatnik Jana Zizky z Trocnova)

Prague 3, Vitkov

The equestrian statue of the Hussite leader created according to B. Kafka´s model, cast in 1946 and erected in 1950. It is listed as the biggest bronze equestrian statue by UNESCO.

Brevnov Monastery, Benedictine Archabbey of St. Vojtech (Adalbert) and St. Margaret (Brevnovsky klaster)

Prague 6, Marketska

A monastery established in 993 by the Prince Boleslav II and the bishop Vojtech (Adalbert). Today´s appearance of the premises including St. Margaret church, convent and prelate house from 1708 - 1745 (built by K. I. Dienzenhofer) represents the baroque style at its best.

Saturdays 9 a.m., 10.30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2.30 p.m., 4 p.m.
Sundays 10.30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2.30 p.m., 4 p.m. (April - Semptember)
Saturdays + Sundays 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (October - March)

Industrial Palace (Prumyslovy palac)

Prague 7, Vystaviste

Originally built as a pavilion for the Jubilee Exhibition in 1891. One of the most valuable art-nouveau historical monuments in Prague. The steel arch structure is 238 meters long with 51 metres high tower in the middle. The palace is accessible during exhibitions, trade fairs and other events.

Ctenice - Castle (Ctenice - zamek)

Prague 9, Bohdanecska 1

Originally a Gothic citadel was founded in the middle of the 14th century, now it is being reconstructed. Permanent exhibition of old carriages, gigs, stage-coaches and other coaches from the 18th, 19th and from the beginning of the 20th century.

Open:April, May and October Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
June September daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Prague rotundas (Romanesque Style)

Rotunda of the Holy Rood (Rotunda sv. Krize)

Prague 1, Karoliny Svetle Street

Founded at the end of the 11th century. Restored in 1862-65 according to plans of the architect Ullmann and the painter B. Wachsmann.

Rotunda of St. Longine (Rotunda sv. Longina)

Prague 2, Na Rybnicku Street

Founded in the first third of 12th century. Restored in 1844 and modified in 1929-34.

Rotunda of St. Martin (Rotunda sv. Martina)

Prague 2, Vysehrad

Probably founded in the second half of the 11th century, restored in 1878 by Vysehrad clergy to the plans of architect A. Baum.

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