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"Powder Gate" Old Town Tip by bpwillet

Old Town, Prague: 135 reviews and 247 photos

  Medieval gatehouse-Powder Gate
by bpwillet

One of the original entrances to old town in the 11th century, the Powder Gate (Prasna Brana) was begun in 1475 by King Vladislav II. It wasn't intended to be a defensive stronghold. It was decoratied to add to the already beautified city and was based on the Old Town Bridge tower designed by Peter Parler. It has been named the powder gate because of the use of it as a storage facility in the 17th century. Most of the sculputres on the gate were destroyed or removed during Prussian occupation. Designer Josef Mocker rebuilt the gate and added the gothic decoration you can see today. You can also go inside the gate and look from its gallery across the city. There is also a small exhibit.

It is about 30KCZ to enter and is only open from April-October from about 10am-6pm.

Directions: Namesti Republiky metro stop, you can also use trams 5, 14, or 26.Off Revolucni Street.
Phone: +420 774 853 921

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 16, 2004
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