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Charles Square, Prague

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Charles Square is a city square in the New Town of Prague, Czech Republic. At roughly 70,000 m² it is one of the largest squares in the world and was the largest town square of the medieval Europe. Founded in 1348 as the main square of the New Town by Charles IV, it was known as Dobytčí trh (Cattle Market) from the 15th century and finally named after its founder in 1848. The central portion of the square was turned into a park in the 1860s.The square is now one of the main transport hubs of the city centre with Karlovo náměstí metro station and numerous tram lines and busy roads crossing it in all directions.HistoryCharles Square originated as a part of the New Town of Prague founded in 1348 by emperor Charles IV. With Wenceslas Square (Horse Market) and Senovážné náměstí (Hay Market) it became one of three main squares of the newly founded town. These squares were connected with one street (today streets Vodičkova and Jindřišská). Charles Square was supposed to be the most important square of the New Town of Prague and probably of the whole of Prague, therefore the Town Hall of the New Town was built there. Despite these plans the most important square later became Wenceslas Square.In the late 14th century the Corpus Christi Chapel was built in the middle of the square. It was closed in 1784 and demolished a few years later. This chapel was a very important place of pilgrimage in the late 14th and early 15th century, because the holy relics and crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire were shown there to thousands of pilgrims.
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  • Charles square, the largest in the Czech Republic, is the historical centre of Nové Mesto district. Was founded in 1348, the year there was a cattle market. In the middle of the 19th century was in the center of the square features a large park and there are several statues and monuments that can be seen today. The square is surrounded by buildings of different styles, its architectural ensemble seemed to me not very interesting, but few buildings are certainly worthy of attention. It is, first and foremost, Loretto, which is located in the northern part of the square and was built in XIV-XVvekah. The real gem of the eastern part of the square is a luxurious Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola. And the most interesting building on the South side of Karlsplatz seemed Faustov House. It is very interesting and its noble façade and a rich history. It already existed in the second half of the 14th century. The truth, in all ages enjoyed House dubious reputation and gained notoriety due to its frequently changing owners. They were the alchemists, pyrotechnics, undercover agents, doctors and notaries working in dark deeds. The House was called Kopovskim, and when Faustovym is called it is unknown. Now the House is a medical laboratory. Went into the yard. It turned out to be much less interesting than the façade. In General, Charles square-the place is pretty quiet, almost deserted in winter, tourists usually don't complain to their attention. But if you go on foot to the city center from the Vysehrad, the road will pass through this area. In addition, in its large park you can sit and relax from the urban bustle.
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  • Charles Square may have got an extra star had I visited in the Summer but in winter it as looking a little bleak. Even the cafe on the corner was closed for the winter. All that being said, it was a n...  more »
  • Large square surrounded by some attractive buildings but bustling with cars and lots of very noisy trams  more »
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  • Our 3-bed-room, the towels, the bathrooms/showers and the kitchen were clean and the beds were very comfortable. You only need 20 Minutes by foot into the touristic center of Prag. The room was faced towards the street in front of the hostel so the nights were very noisy, but for this price and location that is totally acceptable. Parking in the courtyard is possible
  • Have been there with 6 persons (1 big room), the welcome from Jiri was very friendly and we could also park our car behind the hostel where the gate is closed all the time. The rooms are clean. Generally can be said, for this small money and such close to the center it is not possible to stay in Prague.
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  • I do not recommend, stench, and a lot of broken equipment, cisterns taps etc. ..:-(and mega noise through the Windows from the street tram 24 h
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