Lesser Town Square, Prague

Lesser Town Square, Prague (must see)

Since the 10th century, Prague’s Lesser Town Square was an important marketplace and the center of activity on the left side of the river. Today it is filled with restaurants, old pubs, and small shops. It is worth a long visit to see the many remarkable buildings.

Here you will find the 14th century Old Town Hall where non-catholic nobles wrote “Ceste Konfese” demanding religious tolerance. The center of the square is taken by the impressive 18th century Baroque St Nicholas Church. Built on the remains of a Gothic chapel, this church has wonderful frescoes and statues and a fresco of 1500 sqm on the ceiling.

When you relax over a drink in the renowned 'Malostranska kaverna', you might not realise that you are sitting in what was once the Gromling Palace, the most important Rococo building in Prague. On the northern end of the square, you will find Smiricky House where nobles gathered in 1618 to plot the assassination of Imperial Catholic Governors (the Governors were defenestrated the next day, but didn’t die). This act was the beginning of the "30 years war". The nearby Sternberg Palace is used by the National Gallery for expositions.

On the façade of the 18th century Kaiserstein Palace you will see a bust of the famous Czech soprano Emma Destinnova who lived there at the beginning of the 20th century.

Why You Should Visit:
Heart of Prague's historic core, dominated by unique historical palaces and monuments.

Tip:
Stop by to browse the small shops, explore the churches or taste some traditional Czech cuisine.

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Lesser Town Square on Map

Sight Name: Lesser Town Square
Sight Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Mala Strana Walking Tour  

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