This church dominates the view at Mala Strana from the castle but is often overlooked. That's a pity, this is a very nice Baroque church that is very different than the other Baroque churches in this city. The reason for this; the church was originally Gothic and still has Gothic outlines, the current Baroque look dates from 1727-1731 and was designed by architect Killian Ignaz Dientzenhofer.
In 2003 the 775th birthday of the church was celebrated.
I like strange churches. No offence intended, but I think this is a strange church. It's a Gothic church from the 14th century based on Romanesque foundations. It has a wide facade with two towers that don't reach much higher than the surrounding buildings. It looks more like a city gate to me. This is one of many unexpected surprises I found in Prague.
Mala Strana (Lesser Town) is located on the opposite side of the river to the Old Town, at the foot of the Prague castle. It's a beautiful quarter with ancient baroque houses, palaces and richly decorated buildings, quaint cobblestone streets and a lovely square. At the centre of the square is the magnificent St. Nicholas Church.
Mala Strana (Lesser Town or Little Quarter) clusters around the foot of Prague Castle. Almost too picturesque for its own good - with it's ancient burgher houses and the St. Nicolas Church - the area is now a favourite setting for movies and commercials.
Most tourists pass through Mala Strana as they climb up from Charles Bridge to Prague Castle, along Nerudova Street.
At the heart of Mala Strana is Malastranske Namesti. In and around this delightful baroque quarter, in the narrow cobblestone side streets, visitors will discover small boutique shops, traditional Czech pubs, restaurants and interesting buildings to explore.
Mala Strana started life in the 8th or 9th century as a market settlement.
In 1257 Premysl Otakar II granted it town status and around 1360-1362 fortifications were built on the orders of Charles IV. This has been known for centuries as the Hunger Wall, built with the aim of giving employment to the poor during a period of famine.
Mala Strana was almost destroyed twice: first during a battle between the Hussites and the Prague Castle garrison in 1419, and then in the Great Fire of Prague in 1514. Renaissance buildings and palaces replaced the destroyed houses.
The baroque churches and palaces that give Mala Strana its charm date from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Built by Emperor Charles IV, Charles Bridge has spanned the Vltava River for more than 600 years, delivering strollers to the Male Strana?the Lesser Quarter. With the castle looming above winding cobblestone streets, the sense of medieval is powerful. No wonder: This section was founded in 1257, and no new construction has taken place since the 1700s?appearing virtually the same as when Mozart visited. Establishments with names such as the Three Ostriches, Green Lobster, White Swan, and Three Fiddlers are a legacy of a time before numbered street addresses.
Mala Strana y el puente de San Carlos.
En el Puente de San Carlos ir sin prisas y dejarse envolver por el ambiente que alli se respira.
En Mala Strana, subir por la calle Nerudova, y observar sus casas y los emblemas que en ellas aparece.. Pablo Neruda tomo su apellido de esta calle.
Half way between the castle and the old city, close to the north exit of Charles bridge, this wonderful baroque quarter is a hub in transport around town.
Waiting for the tram is not so boring as in many other places.
This is a great area of Prague with many small narrow cobbled streets. Its very picturesque.
Its known as the "small quarter" and is situated just beneath Prague Castle.
We found a great Beer garden here, it was raining and we sat underneath a parasol enjoying a huge beer!*
Late one night I walked around Mala Strana and the Castle District, all the way to the end of Novy Svet. The sound of my footsteps on cobblestones, leaves being blown about by the wind, the smell of wood burning in fireplaces, other solitary figures walking by - walk around this area late at night, either alone or with someone special - it’s classic Prague.
Mala Strana is a beautiful neighborhoud. Take some time during your trip and walk around those little alleys, have a look at the nice Buildings and the Riverbank.