– Wenceslas Square

March 1, 2018

Prague Wenceslas Square

Kind of Paris Champs-Élysées :). Just kind of, of course. BUT Prague Wenceslas Square  is really a boulevard/avenue, measuring 750m long by 60m wide. The history of the square goes back to 1348, when Charles IV (Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor) designed it as a horse market. After 600 years it is now a national symbol and the place where most demonstrations take place. It’s a perfect place for going shopping, meeting friends or just hanging out. It is in fact one of Praguers’ favorite meeting places (“at the Horse’s tail”) and a great spot to start your itinerary around the city. At the top of Wenceslas Square, there is the monumental National Museum, and just off to the left is the Prague State Opera. Shopping Wenceslas Square is not only the home of Czech history and the cultural centre of Prague, but […]
September 17, 2016
Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square most significant buildings

Less a square than a boulevard, Wenceslas Square has the shape of a very long (750 m, total area 45,000 m2) rectangle.       The two obvious landmarks of Wenceslas Square are at the southeast, uphill end: the 1885–1891 National Museum Building, designed by Czech architect Josef Schulz, and the statue of Wenceslas. Other significant buildings on the square include: Antonin Pfeiffer and Matěj Blecha’s Palác Koruna office building and shopping center Lindt Building, No. 4, an early work of architectural constructivism the BAŤA shoe store, No. 6, 1929 Adam Pharmacy, No. 8, 1911–1913 Jan Kotěra’s Peterka Building, No. 12, 1899–1900 Pavel Janák’s Hotel Juliš, No. 22, 1926 Alois Dryák’s Hotel Evropa, #25–27, 1905 redesign, with architectural sculptor Ladislav Šaloun Antonin Wiehl’s Wiehl House, No. 34, 1896 the Melantrich Building, No. 36, 1914, where Alexander Dubček and Václav Havel appeared together […]