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Street people in Prague by Mirka KrivankovaStreet people in Prague by Mirka Krivankova

Street People in Prague by Mirka Krivankova

Wenceslas Square, colloquially referred to as Václavák and known as Wenzelsplatz in German, was formerly named Saint Wenceslas Square and originally served as a horse market, known as Rossmarkt in German. Located in the New Town of Prague, it spans 750 meters in length and 60 meters in width, forming an elongated rectangle. The boulevard slopes from the National Museum to Můstek, bordering the Old Town. Over its history, Wenceslas Square has been witness to numerous significant events and has become a traditional venue for demonstrations, celebrations, and other mass gatherings. Often touted as the second-largest square in Prague and the Czech Republic, its upper part stands as the busiest pedestrian thoroughfare in the country.
View from the Tower to Prague Castle by Mirka KrivankovaView from the Tower to Prague Castle by Mirka Krivankova

View from the Tower to Prague Castle by Mirka Krivankova

The Malostranské Mostecké Věže are two stylistically distinct and unevenly tall towers in Prague, forming the entrance from Charles Bridge to Lesser Town on the Royal Route at the beginning of Mostecká Street. In medieval times, most bridges usually had a tower at each end. However, Charles Bridge has two towers on the Lesser Town (Mala Strana) side, connected by a large Gothic gate. The lower tower is called Judith's Tower and is older than Charles Bridge itself, while the higher tower was constructed after its completion. The towers with the gate constituted an important part of the Lesser Town fortifications during the times when Lesser Town, today's Mala Strana, was an independent territory. In case of an invasion by foreign armies, the armed garrison could take refuge in the towers, defending against enemies attempting to cross the bridge. Even in peaceful times, armed guards stationed here made it clear to entrants that they would not tolerate any disturbances.
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