Powder Gate, Prague
Prašna Brana (the Powder Gate) is one of thr original city gates, leading into the Old Town. The Old Town of Prague used to have 13 city gates but only a few survived. The tower dating back to the 11th century and was built in a Gothic style. Its present look, however, dates from the 15th century. The construction began in 1475 and the foundation stone was placed by King Vladislav II. Actually, this tower was a coronation gift to Vladislav II, given to him by the city council of Prague.
The look of the tower, which in the beginning was called the New Tower, was inspired by the Charles Bridge towers. In the 17th century the gate used to store the gunpowder, hence the name Prašna Brana.
In the present time Prašna Barana is one of the best known landmarks of the town.
We had just walked from Jindrisska Tower and here we were in-front of another magnificent Tower.
This one was originally known as the New Tower, its name was changed to the Powder Gate in the 17th century. It is just one of the 13 entrances to Prague's Old Town.
During the reign of King Vladislav II in 1475, this Tower was built modelled on the Old Town Bridge Tower, that was built a century earlier. Originally, it was built in a ditch around the town´s ramparts, about 9 metres below the present ground.
You have probably guessed the name came about because of the gunpowder that used to be stored there since the 18th century. The Prussian army in 1757 damaged the Tower and many of the sculptures were damaged and later removed. Luckily, there are still quite a few left!
The first floor has statues of Bohemian kings and on the second floor, there are statues of Bohemian patrons and saints.
IF YOUR FIT
The Powder Tower is 65 metres high and there are 186 stairs in a spiral staircase to climb to reach the viewing platform at 44 metres. Catch your breath and enjoy views over the Old Town. There is a permanent exhibition “Prague Towers” in the Powder Tower.
Oct, Mar: Daily 10-8PM
Nov-Feb: Daily 10-6PM
Apr-Sep: Daily 10-10PM
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Public transport to get to Powder Gate
Metro: Namesti Republiky (line B)
Tram stop: Namesti Republiky (trams 5, 8, 24, 26, 51, 54, 56)
One of the few remaining momentos of Prague's old fortifications, the Powder Tower is at the edge of the Old Town along what is called the Royal Route. This was the route the kings would take to their coronation passing through Prague. They would always pass under the Powder Gate. This was one of the 13 gates to the city.
As ornate as the Gate looks, it was pretty much of limited significance almost as soon as it was built. Why? Well it was built in 1475, at a time when the royal family lived in Old Town. In 1488 they moved out to Prague Castle and the tower was left unfinished until 1592. The tower/gate gets its present appearance from a thorough refurbishment in the 1800s
By then its function had changed significantly. The old moat had been done away with. The Powder Gate is so named because since the 17th century it was used to store gunpowder and was severely damaged in the 1770s when the Prussians took over.
Dating back to 1475, this Gothic tower was part of the city's fortifications and one of the 13 gates giving access to the old city of Prague. It used to be connected to the Royal Palace, which was abandonned when the court moved to Prague Castle on the other side of the river. Even though the city eventually grew beyond the fortifications, making the tower obsolete, the structure was kept and it took on more of a symbolical role. Since most of the buildings around it are a few centuries younger (including the Municipal House to which it is connected), the Powder Gate looks slightly out of place, but it still leads the way to the eastern part of Prague's Old Town via Celetná Street, one of the oldest streets in Prague.
Take a stroll from the old town square to the powder gate by walking down Celetna street. This is one of the oldest streets in Prague and no. 34 on this street is the House of the Black Madonna. You will find lots of souvenir shops in this street including a few tourist attractions like the Wax Museum.
The powder gate is a gothic tower dating back to 1475. It is one of the city gates that leads to the old town.
The Power Gate dates from 11th century, and it was one of the 13 entrances to Prague's Old Town. Today it is houses an exhibition entitled “Prague Tower” and photos by Ladislav Sitensky. It has 186 steps and it is possible to climb inside to reach the viewing platform at 44 meters to enjoy views over the Old Town.
Oct- Mar 10 am – 8 pm
Nov-Feb 10 am – 6 pm
Apr- Sep 10 am- 10 pm
Built in 1475, the Powder Gate or Powder Tower stands 65 metres tall. Although damaged during attacks in the mid 1700's, it was restored in the mid-late 1800's.
Originally used to store gunpowder, this is a majestic neo-gothic structure.
You can climb to the top for views over the old town.
This Tower looks even older than it is. It was completely finished in 19th centuty, aldough, it was begun much earlier(I think in 15th). It was used for storing gunpowder for a long time. That's how it got its name....logical :))
A tall construction which was previously served at the entrance to the city and also a place for powder storage. Huge, impressive and stunning.