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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  • Prague is perfect and perfect is on her kusok. Charles Square cannot be omitted. The threshold of navstevujeme visited:)
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  • It’s a bit run down and shabby but there are benches, greenery and when we went, there were groups doing tai chi and karate at night (really dark as it’s not well lit)  more »
  • Although the cleaning and maintenance of the square were somewhat careless, the visit was worth it. She dates back to 1348, when the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Charles IV, built the square. In the tower you can see in the photo attached occurred numerous "defenestrations", in 1419 and 1618, which consisted of shoot enemies through the window.
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