New Town

The History of New Town

The History of New Town

The New Town of Prague was founded in 1348 by King Charles IV. He bought plots of land in advance and resold them further on several conditions. Everyone who bought the land had to begin building a stone house within a month and had to finish the construction in no more than 18 months.

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Charles Square

Charles Square

When Charles IV founded the New City of Prague, he wanted the square, called the Cattle market at that time, to become the center of the new settlement.

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Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square is the heart of the city and a symbol of its recent history. The square is 750 meters long and 60 meters wide. It was initially called the Horse Market. The name Wenceslas began to be used only in 1848.

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