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  • In the streets of Mala Strana
    In the streets of Mala Strana
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  • Walking up Bridge Street in Prague
    Walking up Bridge Street in Prague
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  • Architecture aroun the Little Quarter
    Architecture aroun the Little Quarter
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    Mala Strana Bridge Towers

    by sandysmith Written Apr 14, 2004

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    Bridge Towes - Mala Strana

    Lesser Town Bridge Tower is the taller of the two towers on the Mala Strana (Lesser Town) side of the Charles Bridge. It was built in the second half of the 15th century under King George of Podebrady, following the example of the tower on the opposite side of the bridge. It is connected by a gate with Judith Tower, the only remaining part of the Romanesque bridge destroyed by flood in 1342. Great for aerial views again but we missed this one as we never came across it opened during our visit.

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    Mala Strana Square

    by sandysmith Written Apr 14, 2004

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    Lesser Town Square

    A strange square as it has two parts - being split by the dominant church of St Nicholas with its two towers almost hugging each other. Quite busy with traffic here too a ride through here on the number 22 or 23 tram and up to the other side of the castle is a popular trip.

    Here can be seen the plague memorial (1713) outside the Lichtenstein palace.
    Lovely views up to the spires of Hadcrany complex too.

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    Little Quarter Square

    by bpwillet Written Mar 20, 2004

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    Little Quarter square and St. Nicholas Church

    This was the central marketplace for the Little Quarter since its origins in the 1200's. All the buildings that surround the square have been redone since the Renaissance or Baroque periods but all have a medieval charm to them. There are plenty of things to see around the square and many shops, clubs and restaurants. Conveniently there is a tram stop close to the center of the square. Use Trams numbers 12, 22, or 23, or you can walk up from the Malostranska metro stop.

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    Nerudova Street

    by bpwillet Written Mar 20, 2004

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    Houses along Nerudova Street

    This street is appropriately named after Jan Neruda who lived along this narrow passage in the mid 19th century. Unlike today, Prague didn't use house numbers until the late 1700's. The houses were distinguished with signs and other features that set them apart from their neighbors. The street is the home to both Italian and Romanian embassies (in what were once Baroque palaces). There are a number of crests or other decorations that you may see on the rows of houses as you make your way up towards the castle. Along the street are some cafe's to recharge your energy or shops to get recharged batteries.

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    one of the many.....

    by evona Updated Jun 10, 2004

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    one of the many lanes on Mala Strana (Lesser Town) between The Old Town Square and Charles Bridge. There are a lots of souvenirs shops. The all houses around are decorated often with figures and beautiful ornaments.

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    U Tri Pstrosu

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Feb 10, 2007

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    U Tri Pstrosu

    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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    Morzin Palace

    by ettenaj Written Oct 17, 2003

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    In the Morzin Palave (1714) ,one of the finest Baroque palaces in the Lesser Quarter,the Baroque architecture of Giovanni Santini combines with the sculpture of Ferdinand Maximilian Brokoff to form a harmonious whole. The balcony is supported on fgures of Moors - heraldic emblems of the Morzin family. Above the doorway are allegoriesof day and night. The building is now occupied by the Rumanian Embassy.

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    Mala Strana

    by BruceDunning Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    In a way this felt more comfortable to be on the other side of the river, away from the busy traffic of people, and glitter shopping. It is called Lesser Town, but maybe is More town. Not as many shops to see, but a great deal of restaurants and good detail on facades of buildings. The St. Nicholas church was built 1257, burned and rebuilt 1600-1700 era. The baroque fell is nice.

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    Bridge Street

    by bpwillet Written Mar 17, 2004

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    Bridge Street-Little Quarter

    This is the street you will be walking along once you cross into the Little Quarter. There are some great looking buildings on either side of the street and some were once used by the Court of the Bishop of Prague. There are a few buildings of note on the left hand side, built in the Baroque and Rococo styles. The Little Quarter square will be in front of you and you will be able to see the Church of St. Nicolas.

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    Walking around the Little Quarter

    by Jefie Updated Mar 26, 2013

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    Walking down to Little Quarter from Prague Castle
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    Mala Strana, which translates as Lesser Town or, more elegantly, as Little Quarter, is located below Prague Castle hill, on the opposite side of the Vltava River to the Old Town area. In fact, the famous Charles Bridge connects Mala Strana to Stare Mesto. I prefer the term Little Quarter when talking about this very charming area of the city because Lesser Town just doesn't do it justice. More than any other neighborhood in Prague, Little Town seems to have fozen in time back in the 18th century. Initially home to German and Italian immigrants, Little Town's reputation soon grew to attract members of the upper class, especially following the construction of Wallenstein Palace. Lying in front of the Chuch of St. Nicholas, Little Town Square has always been at the center of the area's life - when Little Quarter was founded in 1257, it was used as a marketplace as well as a place for public executions. The early medieval buildings have since been replaced by beautiful Baroque palaces that are now home to various restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops. There is a fun, vibrant atmosphere in this part of the city, which is only made more enjoyable by the fact that it isn't as crowded as Old Town Square.

    As you get off Charles Bridge on the Little Town side, make sure to take plenty of time to raise your eyes and admire the mix of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. A fun feature of most streets in the area is that back before numbers were introduced for addresses, people would used signs to distinguish their houses. That's why you'll find the house at the Three Fiddles, the house at the Green Lobster, the house at the Golden Horseshoe, etc. The signs that were made up to identify each house can still be seen on a majority of the dwellings. Its truly worth getting lost in the area's winding streets to take a look at the charming colourful houses. Nerudova Street, which connects Little Town to Prague Castle, is especially worth the detour.

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    church of our lady beneath the chain

    by doug48 Written Jun 17, 2008

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    church of our lady beneath the chains

    the church of our lady beneath the chain is the oldest church in the little quarter. it was founded by king vladislav II in the 12th century. vladislav presented the church to the knights of st. john. this fortified monastery guarded the little quarter approach to the old judith bridge. in the 14th century the original romanesque building was demolished and the twin towers were erected that are seen today. a must see attraction in the church is karel sketa's painting of the virgin mary and st. john comming to the aid of the knights of malta in the battle of lepanto.

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    The Lesser Town

    by tafurojo Written Feb 11, 2005

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    Lesser Town

    This is the Prague I always pictured. Right below the Prague Castle is the Lesser Town. The cobblestone streets and red roof tops give you a true feeling what it was like centuries ago. Not much has changed. In the morning I can remember being at the Castle looking out over the Lesser Town seeing smoke coming from the chimneys and thinking to myself that this was one of the most calming and serene moments during my trip.

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    Mala Strana

    by Sioma Updated May 9, 2004

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    Malastranske namestie

    literaly it means "little part" : it's the quarter situated under the hrad hill, along left bank nof Vltava river.
    This is a very pretty part of Prague, completly rebuilt after a fire happened in 1541.
    The south part of mala strana is dominated by the big park of petrin hill, a panoramic place from where you'll enjoy a grat view of the city.
    The north part is limited by the hrad hill.
    The quarter is developed around malostranske namestie (photo), from where you can climb the hrad hill.
    The square is quite big, but its center is occuped by the baroque building of Sv.Mikulas church and convent.

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    church of our lady victorious

    by doug48 Written Jun 17, 2008

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    church of our lady victorious

    originally called the church of the holy trinity it was built in 1613 and was designed by giovanni maria filippi. after the battle of white mountain the church was turned over to the carmelites and was renamed after the victory. the star attraction of this church is the holy infant of prague. this wax effigy is one of the most revered images in the catholic world.

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    Národní muzeum

    by June.b Updated Jun 22, 2010

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    The neoclassical national museum is right at the end of the long boulevard of the Wenceslas Square in the new town. Houses millions of articles in almost all subjects - historical, arts, prehistory, music, archeological findings, etc...

    The museum is founded in 1818.

    Normally open from 9am to 5pm, but check their website for current ones as they tend to change from time to time.

    FREE admission to the main building every first Monday of the month.

    Normal entry fee is 120 CZK, Students 70 CZK, Family of 4 is 150 CZK.
    Phototography & video fee : 50 CZK
    Guided tour in czech language: 10 CZK

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