"Fascinating architecture of mala strana" Prague Off The Beaten Path Tip by hundwalder

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  Renaisssance quarter of mala strana.
by hundwalder

Mala strana ( lesser town ) is filled with fascinating, very well preserved ancient buildings, such as those shown in the photo. Most of these " shotgun " style buildings were originally built about 700 years ago, and facelifted over the centuries that followed. The buildings shown, as evidenced by their architecture, were given their current outward appearances during the 1500's. The steeply pitched roofs are covered with red tiles, as are most buildings ancient and modern, in the region. The large balcony like bay windows, and the intricate relief sculptures along the roof gable edges are characteristic Bohemian Renaissance. The main gable or the building on the right has false cone roof towers along its edge. This was also a popular 16th. centuiry design in the region. The covered arcades at the ground level have retained their original gothic design.

The only part of mala strana that most tourists see is what is on the route from karluv bridge to Prague castle. This is unfortunate because most of the interesting sites, restaurants, shops, and pubs in mala strana are off of the main route. Don't be afraid to explore. You won't get lost and the locals are friendly. What more could you want.

Notice the tram cables in the foreground of the photo. Riding the trams is an excellent means of getting around Praha. It is easy to do. Simply buy a public transportation pass for the appropriate time period, and carry it with you. Eliminate that hassle of buying and validating individual tickets, and save money as well.

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  • Updated May 31, 2006
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