The Royal Route, Prague
Built in 1668 for the count Cernin of Chudenice, the emperor's ambassador in Venice, the Cernin Palace has a facade 150 meters long. Its dominant position on the hill in front of the Sanctuary of Loreto has made it object of looting from French (1742) and from the Prussian (1757) ones. The family Cernin sold it to the state in 1851 and today is center of the State Department.
This zone of Prague was formed in 1375. The name Pohorelec means place destroyed by the fire, since the zone has been destroyed from fires for three times in its history. The buildings that surround the square are in Baroque and Rococo style among which detaches the beautiful Kucera Palace.
On the road you can see beautiful Baroque buildings as the Thun-Hohenstein Palace (center of the Italian embassy) and Morzin Palace with two beautiful statues of dark that sustain the balcony.
Before the introduction of the civic numeration (in 1770) the houses of Prague were identified with the insignias and the street Nerudova it is a beautiful example of such coats of arms. Crossing the road you can see the houses entitled Tothe Aquila Redhead, To the Three Violins, To the gold Horseshoe, To the Green lobster, To the White Swan....
The Nerudova street is a hold and beautiful road that conducts to the castle and it takes the name from the poet and journalist Jan Neruda that wrote a lot of novellas setting in this part of Prague. Between 1845 and the 1857 Neruda lived in the house called To the Two Suns (number 47).
This road connected the Charles Bridge with the square of Mala Strana since the Middle Ages. Among the thirteenth century and the fourteenth century the north zone of the road acted from Court of the bishopric of Prague but it was destroyed during the hussite wars. Walking along the road you can see beautiful buildings built in Renaissance and Baroque style. Very beautiful is the palace To The Black Eagle and the Kaunic Palace which was built in 1770 on whose facade there are plasters of Ignaz Platzer.
Among the rich decorations of the houses that flank the Charles Street, at the number 22/24 you can see this nice statue in Art Nouveau style of the legendary princess Libuse surrounded by roses.
Charles Street (Karlova Ulice) is a narrow and tortuous road that goes up again to the twelfth century and it constituted the historical run of the crowning that finished to the castle. In the street you can see many Gothic and Renaissance houses. More of them entertain shops of souvenir and restaurants.
Along the stree you can admire beautiful buildings with a Gothic structure and with Baroque facades painted in crayon colors. The most interesting facade goes up again to 1912: it is the first facade in cubistic style realized by Josef Gocar in Prague. This house is called House Of the Black Lady (Dum U Cerne Matky Bozi).
Celetna Ulice is one of the oldest streets of Prague and it connects the Powder Gate to the Old Town Square. The name of the street derives from the first sandwiches produced by its ovens during the Middle Ages. The prestige of the road increased in the sixteenth century when it became part of the run of the real procession during the crowning.
Celetna is a small alley which connects the Powder Tower with the Staromestske Namesti (Old Town square). It is paved with cobblestones and lined with old townhouses, mostly Baroque facades, but older substance behind. Since it is a pedestrian zone you can enjoy the stroll along the Celetna, do some shopping (but it was mostly kitsch and nippes, the usual touristy stuff), have a coffee or beer ... You'll notice the many decorative signs at the townhouses. One of the most interesting is the "Black Madonna". The old house of the Black Madonna was torn down 1911 and a new one in the cubistic style was erected - and the figure of the "Black Madonna" found its place at its facade.
The Celetna is part of the former Royal Route: the Bohemian Kings walked from Vysehrad via this route to Hradcany for their coronation.
The thousands of tourists walk this way each and every day. It leads from Powder Tower, Celetna street, Old Town Square, Karlova street, over Charles Bridge to Mala Starana to Prague Castle. Fantastic experiance.
This is one of the nicest ways through the Old Town.
There are many beautiful houses with own history, churches and shops for all of the tourist.
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not on top of the hill anymore, I felt a small relief from the terrible cold, at least wind was not cutting my face anymore. Descending towards the river, there is this nice road with many places from where you may take good pictures like this (not so humble here, sorry!)
This view depicts some of the central tourist destinations in Prague. The cream-colored church is St Salvator with its ivory-like interior, part of the Klementinum. The street below to the right is Karlova, part of the royal route (and pictured from the bridge tower). Not too far down this street you'll find the torture museums and puppet theaters, and on the left side (also part of the Klementinum) is gorgeous St Clement, often closed, but of exquisite workmanship throughout its bright but small interior. The famous statue of Charles IV, who did so much to elevate Prague, stands in the square below.