Nové Město Walk, Prague

Nové Město Walk, Prague
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Nové Město (“New Town” in Czech) is a district in Prague, the youngest (est. 1348) and the largest (three times the size of the Old Town) of the five originally independent townships that form today's historic center of the Czech capital. The area bears great historic significance and is traditionally dense with tourists. Among the attractions found here are the Dancing House (named so for resembling a pair of dancers), Charles' Square (one of the largest squares in the world and once the largest town square in medieval Europe), Antonín Dvořák Museum (paying tribute to the famous Czech composer), and numerous churches and cathedrals. No trip to Prague is complete without a visit to Nové Město!

Nové Město Walk - Route Map

Guide Name: Nové Město Walk
Guide Location: Czech Republic » Prague
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Author: Daniel
Dancing House

1) Dancing House (must see)

The Dancing House (Tančící dům) is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building in downtown Prague, at Rašínovo nábřeží 80. It was designed by Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in co-operation with Canadian architect Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot (where the previous building had been destroyed during the Bombing of Prague in 1945). The building was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996. The very non-traditional design was controversial at the...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral

2) Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral (must see)

Saints Cyril and Methodus Cathedral was the 1st Orthodox Cathedral in Prague and is well worth a visit as it played an important role in Prague’s history.

In 1739 a Baroque church was built along with a house for retired priests and consecrated to St Charles Borromeus, the 16th century Archbishop of Milan. In 1783 the church and retirement house were closed down and the buildings were used as an army storehouse and later as army barracks. In 1869 it became the Czech Technology Centre.

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Church of St. Ignatius

3) Church of St. Ignatius

One of the earliest Baroque buildings in Prague, St Ignatius Church in Charles Square is part of the third largest Jesuit Complex in Europe.

The church was built in 1687 on the site of several medieval houses and consecrated to St Ignatius of Loyola, the Patron Saint who founded the Jesuit Order. The Jesuit ascetic way of life doesn’t extend to their churches and St Ignatius Church is flamboyantly decorated with lots of gilding and stucco decorations.

The beautifully executed frescoes...   view more
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Charles Square

4) Charles Square (must see)

If you want to relax for a while during your exploration of Prague’s historical sites, you might like to do so in Charles Square, which is the largest square in Prague.

When Charles IV founded New Town in the 14th century, the square was the central town market place. In the 15th century it was called the Cattle Market as drovers sold their herds there. The square got its current name in 1848.

On the northern side of the square stands the New Town Hall which was built in the 14th century...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Saint Stephen Church

5) Saint Stephen Church

While you are exploring Prague’s New Town, don’t forget to visit the lovely Neo-Gothic St Stephen Church on Stepanska Street.

The church was founded in 1351, but building continued until 1401 when the tower was added. In 1686 the St Cornelius Chapel was attached to the church and the Chapel of the Branbergers was built in 1736. In 1866 a Neo-Gothic vestibule was added during reconstruction carried out by Josef Mocker. The belfry behind the church dates back to 1600. The only remaining...   view more
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St. Catherine Church

6) St. Catherine Church

You can’t miss St Catherine Church on the upper side of Prague’s New Town, because of its wonderful Gothic steeple, known because of its shape, as the “Prague Minaret”.

The church, which stands in the huge gardens of a former convent, dates back to 1354. In the 16th century the convent became an Augustinian monastery. In 1737 the church was reconstructed in the Baroque style, but the Gothic tower was kept and cunningly integrated into the new façade.

Once considered the most...   view more
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Dvorak Museum

7) Dvorak Museum

The Antonín Dvořák Museum in Prague is a museum dedicated to the great Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904). It is part of the Czech Museum of Music which in turn is part of the complex of the National Museum. It is housed in a baroque building which was designed by the famous architect Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer at the beginning of the 18th century. Although the house itself has no particular link with the composer the Antonín Dvořák museum has been housed there...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
The Church of Charles the Great

8) The Church of Charles the Great

Among Prague’s sacred monuments, the Church of St Mary and St Charles the Great was the building that Charles IV took the most personal interest in and he laid the first foundation stone himself in 1351.

At first named the Church of St Charlemagne, this Gothic church was built in an octagonal style, after the funeral chapel of Charlemagne in Aachen. The church was consecrated to St Mary and the name became the Church of St Mary and St Charles the Great after the Hussite Wars in the 15th...   view more
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