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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  • Not much has changed here over the years, interesting buildings surround this square and it was surprising that only few people mingled around in this nicely kept park. We made a point of walking up t...  more »
  • In the southern part of the city we find Charles square, famous for its Park where there are many statues
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  • Got to meet her because we stopped next to catch the train. Had a beautiful statue in one of the corners of this square.
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  • Nah. This place has such a hype going around it that it makes it one of the most crowded places in prague. It has its historical significance which is nice but overpriced and not that good restaurants make this place much worse than it could be .
  • I wouldn't stay here for quite a while. There are more nicer places with park in Prague. Karlovo náměstí is really busy place. People are using it as a transfer place because you can switch between metro and tram.
  • 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..
  • Excellent food, waiting time is short. The service is very good and prices are quite cheap.
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