The Powder Tower, Prague

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Marking the entry into Prague's historical old town, The Powder Tower is one of the original city gates. Constructed in 1475 and intended for ceremonial rather than defensive purposes, the tower played a major role during the coronation parades of kings of Bohemia. Royalty continued to pass through this gate on their way to coronation ceremonies until the 17th century, when the tower became a major gunpowder depository (hence the name). Restored in the middle of the 19th century by architect Josef Mocker, the tower bears statues of several Bohemian kings and symbols of territories that they controlled. For sweeping views over the old town, visit the tower's 44 m (144 ft) high gallery. Add The Powder Tower to your Prague travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Prague vacation planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A very attractive on the inside, two interior rooms with beautiful stained glass Tower but empty, but with spectacular views from the rooftop and if they are when you sunset Prague with another color.
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  • August 15, 2017
    This is one of the original towers that surrounded the old city. The history just oozes out of it. We had some trouble finding it since it's difficult to find the names of streets and all of progress.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The Tower has an interesting architecture, is distinguished by its very dark color, and, of course, in theory, is one of the landmarks of the city. I will admit, however, that the more I liked old cars parked on the street below it
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  • June 30, 2017
    Very nice view of the city in a quite accessible place. Authentic architecture and very interesting. It's a quick visit (20 min or less) but totally worth it. Mainly if you are just nearby in between some other touristic spots.
  • January 3, 2017
    Looks very pretty. It would certainly be cool to go up. I need to warn you though, the cashier tried to scam me. He said my student ID was somehow invalid (It's not. Every other place has accepted it in Europe, including the rest of Prague) and tried to get me to pay more. No other place has tried to steal money from me, so this was surprising. I think it's worth going to, but if they try to scam you, don't be afraid to just leave. There are many towers in Prague with honest cashiers.
  • June 23, 2017
    Great fun for a family day out while in Prague. It can be busy so get there early, and if possible, get the tram up.
  • June 22, 2017
    Ok worth going having a look. See for yourself. Let people see what u think.
  • March 28, 2017
    Oчень красиво клас прекрасный панорамный вид на Прагу. Советую посетить! Very beautiful class is a wonderful panoramic view of Prague. I advise you to visit!...

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