Powder Tower, Prague
In an historical context, the Powder Tower is one of Prague’s most important medieval monuments. This is the place where royal coronation processions would commence. It is also the beginning and end of an important route from Kutná Hora, where silver was mined for the royal coffers. The so-called Mountain Tower (Horská brána) originally stood on this site, however. Because of its poor state of repair, this later became known as the “Shabby Tower” (Odraná brána) from the middle of the 13th century. At that time, it was still part of the city’s fortifications, but after the New Town was established by Charles IV, the fortification in this place lost its importance. Consequently, in 1475, the erection of a new symbolic tower gate began on the city moat (today’s Na Príkopi Street). The tower only retained its importance until the royal seat returned from the King’s Court (Králùv dvùr – on the site of today’s Municipal House) to Prague Castle. The tower remained uncompleted until 1592, when a new entrance and spiral staircase were constructed. The Powder Tower acquired its current appearance during a refurbishment in the 1880s. Above the gateway, in the direction of Celetná Street, stands a statue of George of Podìbrady together with the Jagiellon monarch Vladislav II, who were kings of Bohemia during the relevant era. On the other side of the tower, in the direction of Námìstí Republiky, the building is adorned with statues of the great Czech monarchs Charles IV and Premysl Otakar II.
The late gothic Power Tower was built in 1475-1478, with renovations in 1875, 65 meters tall and is an imposing and cool building to visit. Located East of the Old Market Square, about a 10 minute walk.
The Powder Tower was one of the original city gates. It was built in the 15th century, but later the construction was changed to a neogothic style. Its actual name comes from the 18th century, when the tower was used as a powder warehouse.
A great way to enter the old city is through the Powder Tower, one of the Prague's 13 original gates, and on the coronation route of Bohemian kings throughout the centuries. Built in the 14th century, the gate became known as the "Powder Tower" after becoming used for gunpowder storage a few centuries later.
You can climb the steep stairs to the top for some great views of the old city.
Originally known as the New Tower, it's name was changed to the Powder Gate in the 17th century when it was used to store gunpowder.
The Powder Tower is one thing i will always remember about Prague. The first night we got there we took a walk into the town and i was amazed by this tower, it looked beautiful all lit up at night as you entered the town centre.
The Powder tower dates back to the 11th century when the original gate was one of 13 entrances into Prague Old Town.
You can also climb the 186 steps inside to reach the viewing platform at 44 metres, to enjoy views over the Old Town.
The tower is open Apr-Oct: Daily 10am till 6pm.
Ths city centre does not have an intact city fortification but most of the gates are still left. The gate in the image is the 65-meters-high Powder Tower from 15th century. It got its name in the 17th when it was used as a store for gunpowder.