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    Kostel sv. Tomase

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Mar 1, 2007

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    The church of Saint Thomas was founded from Venceslao II in 1285 like annexed church to the monastery of the Agostinians and came completed in Gothic style in 1379. Many important personages of the continuation of Rodolfo II were buried inside it, between which the architect of court Ottavio Aostalli and the sculptor Adreaan de Vries. In 1723 a flash of lightning fired the church and was rebuilt in baroque style by Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer.

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    Malostranske Namesti

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Feb 28, 2007

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    The other important buildings of the square are the Town Hall of Mala Strana and the Sternberg Palace. Nearby you can see the Smiricky Palace that with its hexagonal tower it characterizes the north side of the inferior square. On the east side there is the Baroque Kaisestein Palace.

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    Malostranske Namesti

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Feb 28, 2007

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    In the center of the square there is the beautiful Church of St. Nicholas. Along the superior side of the square, in front of the church, there is the neoclassic facade of the Lichestein Palace. Of forehead a column is risen raised in honor of the of the Saint Trinity in 1713 at the end of the plague.

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    Malostranske Namesti

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Feb 28, 2007

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    The square is the center of the life of Mala Strana since its creation in 1257. It entertained in origin the market that was developed out of the boundaries of the castle. To the center of the plaza rose in the years some buildings that divided it in two. The greatest part of the buildings around the plaza is of medieval origin, but many were modified in Renaissance and Baroque epoch.

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    U Tri Pstrosu

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Feb 10, 2007

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    To the right side of the Charles Bridge in Mala Strana you can see a house with three ostriches. In 1597 Jan Fux was a rich merchant that dealt in feathers of ostrich, used by the officials and courtiers of the castle. In 1606 he reconstructed the house and he painted a fresco with three ostriches.

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    Mala Strana Streets - 4 of 4

    by el_ruso Updated Jan 7, 2007

    Mala Strana was settled originally by Germans who were invited in Middle Ages to Prague. It is on average the best preserved and best restored among Prague's neighborhoods, with many restaurants, hotels, embassies, government buildings. Walking the quiet and romantic streets of Mala Strana is an unforgettable experience both emotionally and visually.

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    Mala Strana Streets - 3 of 4

    by el_ruso Updated Jan 7, 2007

    Mala Strana was settled originally by Germans who were invited in Middle Ages to Prague. It is on average the best preserved and best restored among Prague's neighborhoods, with many restaurants, hotels, embassies, government buildings. Walking the quiet and romantic streets of Mala Strana is an unforgettable experience both emotionally and visually.

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    Mala Strana Streets - 2 of 4

    by el_ruso Updated Jan 7, 2007

    Mala Strana was settled originally by Germans who were invited in Middle Ages to Prague. It is on average the best preserved and best restored among Prague's neighborhoods, with many restaurants, hotels, embassies, government buildings. Walking the quiet and romantic streets of Mala Strana is an unforgettable experience both emotionally and visually.

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    Mala Strana streets - 1 of 4

    by el_ruso Updated Jan 7, 2007

    Mala Strana was settled originally by Germans who were invited in Middle Ages to Prague. It is on average the best preserved and best restored among Prague's neighborhoods, with many restaurants, hotels, embassies, government buildings. Walking the quiet and romantic streets of Mala Strana is an unforgettable experience both emotionally and visually.

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    Mala Strana - Maltezske Namesti

    by el_ruso Updated Dec 23, 2006

    This is one of the most wonderful parts of Mala Strana. It is named after Maltese Knights, the newer name for Knights of St John of Jerusalem. They were in charge of guarding the Karluv Most and built a church in this square. It is located between Karmelitska and the river.

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    Mala Strana - overview

    by el_ruso Updated Dec 20, 2006

    Mala Strana is a small neighborhood located below the Hradchani hill. It was originally settled by German merchants. On average, the houses here are among the best in terms of their condition and style. There are not too many tourists, and because of that the area is very romantic, and you will never forget spending your time here.

    Don't miss Kampa island for great views of Prague's old town and Charles bridge, and the many restaurants there. It has a small park, too. There is a spectacular church of St Nicolas in its center. Don't miss also Maltezske Namesti for its beautiful and tranquil architecture.

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    A Lovely, Quieter Area of Prague

    by Husker_Jeff Written Nov 28, 2006

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    We were lucky enough to stay in the Lesser Town on our trip to Prague. I highly suggest it since it is much quieter and certainly more quaint than either Old Town or New Town.

    The Lesser Town, locally known as Mala Strana, is away from the bustle of Wenceslaus Square and Old Town Square. Here you will find quiet, cobblestoned alleyways where you can get lost just wandering around.

    We walked all through the Lesser Town, up and down the hills, the steps to the Castle, Petrin Hill, and over to Stahov and Loreta. The views are beautiful, as is the local arhcitecture. You will also find more local restaurants - yes, there are still tourists, but there is plenty of local cuisine to be found.

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    Mala Strana

    by Pieter11 Written Feb 4, 2006

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    At the leftbank of the Vltava river the less famous Lesser Town, or Mala Strana is situated. This area, right under the Prague Castle, has its origin in the 9th century B.C. Actually its reason of excistance IS the Prague Castle. This important area needed to be provided with food and to be protected. Both needs were supplied by Mala Strana.

    First there became marketplaces and little villages for the people who worked in the Castle and for those who supplied them with food and wine. Later it also became a place for soldiers and knights who needed to protect the area, especially after the Judithbridge was built in the 10th century and enimies could come there more easily.

    The area clearly was very depending on the Castle, and so when the political centre of the Empire of Habsburg, in the 17th century was moved to Vienna, the town lost a lot of its wealth. Public buildings were abandoned and became shelter for the poor.

    When the Republic of Czechoslovakia was founded in 1918 though, the government , international embassies and other international foundations moved back in. Mala Strana got back their old prestige and now is a decent and flourishing part of Prague.

    One thing that has been in the area all the while are the many religious building. Lots of big churches and especially cloisters got centred in this part of town and still are to be seen until now.

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    Malostranske namesti

    by german_eagle Written Dec 4, 2005

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    This square is the centre of the Lesser Town (left bank). Malostranske namesti is dominated by St. Nicholas church (see next tip) and surrounded by several old town houses and Patrician houses.

    The square is quite busy (car traffic) and some of the facades are still in need of a renovation. However, I found the ambience to be quite nice, not too touristy.

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    Those wonderful red roof tops!!!

    by SimonRees Updated Oct 11, 2005

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    Mala strana, or lesser town, is a wonderful part of Prague, full of stunning architecture and lovely cobbled streets. We were lucky enough to stay in this area and just walking around it was a great experience. Talk time to soak up the sights and sounds and pay attention to the detail on some of the buildings. I loved the street lamps, something which you see in many Eastern European cities.

    The area is home to some wonderful art galleries, restaurants and pubs. We bought four paintings in the first gallery we went into and then bought some lovely Czech designed cups in the next gallery!!! Be warned, the galleries here can put a serious dent in your finances!!!

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