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New Town, Prague

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3.9/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
The New Town is a quarter in the city of Prague in the Czech Republic. New Town is the youngest and largest of the five independent (from the Middle Ages until 1784) towns that today comprise the historic center of modern Prague. New Town was founded in 1348 by Charles IV just outside the city walls to the east and south of the Old Town and encompassed an area of 7.5 km²; about three times the size of the Old Town. The population of Prague in 1378 was well over 40,000, perhaps as much as twice that, making it the 4th most populated city north of the Alps and, by area, the 3rd largest city in Europe. Although New Town can trace its current layout to its construction in the 14th century, only few churches and administrative buildings from this time survive. There are many secular and educational buildings in New Town, but also especially magnificent gothic and baroque churches. These nevertheless are not the main drawing points for tourists. New Town's most famous landmark is Wenceslas Square, which was originally built as a horsemarket and now functions as a center of commerce and tourism. In the 15th century, the Novoměstská radnice, or New Town Hall, was the site of the first of the three defenestrations of Prague.FoundationNo doubt in connection with his coronation as king under the Holy Roman Empire in 1346, Charles IV decided to found a new city in Prague. After he had achieved the city's independence within the church with the creation of the Archbishopric of Prague in 1344, the foundation of the New Town was intended further to enhance the status of the city which was the new residence of the king. In addition, the housing problem within the city walls of Prague that had already been apparent under Charles IV's father John of Luxembourg was crying out for a solution. Many people, mostly poorer Czechs, had settled in suburbs situated at the base of the city walls, and the banks of the Vltava were almost continuously built over.
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  • The new town which lies south of the old town, around the long Wenceslas square is an area less traveled by tourism but worth a visit especially if you are lovers of architecture of the early 20th century because it has plenty of beautiful buildings of that time, especially in Art Nouveau style. I've been there often during my last trip to Prague and turning with the upturned nose I discovered countless sculptures, reliefs and decorations on many buildings that I had never noticed.
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  • If we compare this neighborhood with Stare Mesto, Mala Strana, Monte Petrin or the Castle District, the truth is that it's not very interesting, but if you are going to Prague and have time I think there is at least a turn by all its neighborhoods. In this district is Wenceslas Square, is not to be super nice but it is a very large with beautiful buildings, but especially it is important for history that has and the episodes that took place in her. In this square the National Museum, is currently in the works. In one of its streets is the Gallery Lucerne and in it the equestrian statue of St. Wenceslas riding a horse upside down, sculpture made by Cerny. Also found in this quarter the national theatre and the Opera. Very curious the dancing house building is and that same street up there in, for me the most interesting, the Church of the Saints Cyril and Methodius. Here is a monument to 7 Czech paratroopers who were involved in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich. You can enter the crypt where they hide and died. It is awesome if you like the history that happens to the second world war. Do not charge entry, only the will. Resslova Street 9. And finally, as interesting monument of this district, the synagogue Jeruzalemska very beautiful inside and out. A very cool place and different for a beer (pivo) is the VÝTOPNA brewery. It's like a mini train station where bring you the drink on trains. It is in Wenceslas square within one of its galleries and on the first floor.
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  • Take a break from shopping, cafes, nice building, good people-watching. The 21st century is not the dense high-rise building such an expression of 160,000.
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