Browsing: Lesser Town

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This exquisite Baroque church was built between 1704-1755 by Kilian Dientzenhofer, it is one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Europe. Building was completed in 1735, but in 1781 Emperor Jozef II ordered the closure of monasteries and the decorations were removed.

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It may be translated as the ‘Lesser Town’ in English, but don’t be fooled – Malá Strana is one Prague’s foremost attractions. Formally established as a town in 1257, it grew rapidly during the reign of Charles IV, who enlarged it and built state-of-the-art fortifications. In the 16th century, the area rose from the ashes of two great fires to become one of Europe’s great cultural centres, with a plethora of noble residents moving in and a wealth of magnificent Baroque churches being built in the neighbourhood – the highlight of which is the spectacular St. Nicholas Church, built by three generations of the Dientzenhofer family.

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The Church of Our Lady Victorious, built in 1613, has on its central altar a 47cm-tall waxwork figure of the baby Jesus, brought from Spain in 1628. Known as the Infant Jesus of Prague (Pražské Jezulátko), it is said to have protected Prague from the plague and from the destruction of the Thirty Years’ War.

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Another street not to be missed in Prague is Nerudova Street. Named after the 19th century Czech writer, Jan Neruda, this street is also part of the Royal Way that kings would follow on the way to their coronation and many of the houses which currently line it go all the way back to medieval times.

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There is a large choice of accommodation in Prague, from intimate, romantic hotels based in historical town houses, to international luxurious chain hotels, such as the Ibis, Hilton and Crown Plaza. There are also B&B’s and budget hostels, as well as smaller boutique hotels. Furthermore, a new trend has emerged of renting a Prague apartment for a short term period, which is particularly popular among bigger groups who prefer more self catering and privacy.

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The Little Quarter (Mala Strana), originally called the New Town of Prague and later on called The Minor Town of Prague, was founded by the king Pfemysl Otakar II, in the year 1257. However, as early as in the 8th century, there was a market settlement here.

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During the 1980s John Lennon became the symbol for all Czech anti-government protesters, as they scribbled his lyrics and other political slogans on this now world famous wall. From famous quotes like “give peace a chance” through to personal sentiments from the individuals living through this period …