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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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  • Large square surrounded by some attractive buildings but bustling with cars and lots of very noisy trams 
  • Charles square is surrounded by a number of historical buildings. The most puzzling building-House of Dr. Faust, around which many legends. St. Ignatius is very curious. On the square a few monuments of outstanding Czechs. The former Town Hall on the square a new place in which occurred the first defenestration was the beginning of the Hussite wars. Near the Cathedral square of Cyril and Methodius and troopers Memorial counterpart Heydrich. The area itself is practically a garden, there are many benches.
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  • This large square, right next to the new town hall, where once held the cattle market, looks more like a large public park with benches, flowerbeds, fountains and statues; bordered by the street and the buildings all around. You'll notice on the right the beautiful church of Saint Ignatius Loyola in Romanesque style, the Interior is iperdecorato.
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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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