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This is to be found below Charles Bridge, where a side stream of the River Vltava divides the lesser Quarter from Kampa Island. It is practically in the very centre of the city and yet has a number of well-kept secrets. In fact, no-one knows how it came to gain the name of Kampa Island in the first place.
It is likely that the side stream of the Vltava, called "Certovka", that flows round the island was not there originally. And so if it was not of divine origin, the only other conclusion can be that it was manmade. However, the canal would have had to be cut back in the early Middle Ages. What is certain is that mills were built here long ago. Today, you can see the Velkoprerovsky Mill with its great wheel from Charles Bridge. At the other end of Kampa is another less well known one called Hut Mill. Facing the Vltava is the building of the Sova Mills, which is used today for art exhibitions.

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  • Updated Oct 20, 2004
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