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 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 is an absolutely fantastic little square that is always well worth visiting. The architecture around this square is superb with fantastic little statues and benches to take in the lovel...  more »
  • Very large square, overlooked by several churches and the new town hall. The big picture is so pretty and the large green rectangle inside very relaxing. I especially liked the corner with fountain surrounded by weeping willows. For a break in the visit of the Centre is an ideal place.
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  • Charles square are quite remarkable in itself, as it turned out later-this is the largest area not only in Prague but also in the Czech Republic and even in Europe-has impressive dimensions in 80.5 thousand. m 2. In the center of the square back in 19-th century was laid around the perimeter of the Park, you should pay attention to the Church. Ignatius Lajoly, Novomestskuju Hall, the building of the Czech University, monuments of different characters, including poet v. Galeku (at least heard about it). But what I remember was found here-finally something rare in the center of the supermarket was procured the desired slivovicy local bottling for a similar price.
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  • Nice area right along the main river. If you're walking around enough in Prague, chances are you'll pass through here, but I wouldn't put it on your list of must visit landmarks. Especially with the plethora of sites in this great city!
  • Lovely historic bridge. Very popular with tourists. You need to be here at dawn to be able to take photos of the bridge with people on it though. Some if the statues are undergoing restoration at the moment or are being replaced with replicas if they are too far gone..
  • A nice place for students to sit outside and still be able to connect to eduroam wifi! A bit spooky at night walking around the park, and I'd recommend sitting on a blanket...but it's a fine place to sit outside in the center on a nice day.
  • Heart of the old town. Full of fun, frolic and colour. Must visit if you are in Praha.
  • Be really carefull here, especially at night. It is the spot with the highest criminallity in the city. Thefts, attacks, prostitution, drugs, everything seems to be around here. Even I was attacked and robbed in the metro here.

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