Mala Strana in Prague is truly an architectural treasure chest. It was founded in 1257 on the slopes bellow the Prague castle and it is the part of Prague least affected by resent history. If you are looking for something medieval, this is the place to be. You will be surrounded by history, museums, theatres, fine dining restaurants and fashion boutiques. You can find here a lot of nice and original apartments. Everything is easily accessible by walk, though the centre is very well connected by trams and 3 metro lines.
The Lesser Town is known for its scenic beauty and historic sites. This small district in Prague is situated on the slopes of the Prague Castle and near Charles Bridge. Embedded in the baroque era, Mala Strana is a city adorned with Baroque architecture which remained so after fires and devastating wars of 1541. The city now lives with an ancient appealing history and the charms of the old world. A pleasant environment and a well situated place, the city is a good tourist destination.
Mala Strana is situated on the west bank of the river Vltava in Prague. It begins at the Charles Bridge and is around the foothills of Prague Castle. From here you can have great views over the town and the rest of Prague. It is called lesser because traditionally it was the smaller half of the city. Mala Strana started as a market settlement and was granted town status by king Premysl Otakar II. It was almost destroyed twice, in 1419 during the Hussite war and in the Great Fire in 1541. The main attractions here are the St. Nicolas Church, Wallenstein Palace and Petrin Hill with a miniature Eiffel Tower on the top. The historical core of the city is situated on both banks of the Vltava River. The charming hotel in Prague´s Lesser Town.
Lesser Town is the history lovers’ paradise as the small town is crowded with many archaeological sites. Though missed out by most tourists as a place to visit for their stay in Prague, Mala Strana remains within the shadow of forgetfulness. Though it has enlisting under Apartments in Prague, it remains as lesser know town to visit during the stay at Prague. Its almost shying away from the outside world, Lesser Town has been located by film producers and directors as a foreign locale for movies and commercials. The scenic beauty of the place indeed adds to the charm of the town which has a lot to offer to the tourists visiting Mala Strana.
The major highlights of the Lesser Town are the churches located in this little town. St Nicholas Church is the most prominent one with the painting of St. Nicholas. The Church of Our Lady Victorious is another highlight of the place which has the statue of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague. Apart from the churches the town is famous for its Baroque architecture as mentioned above. Wallenstein Palace, the most unforgettable piece of Baroque architecture resides in this peaceful town which was built by Albrecht von Wallenstein, the military general of Emperor Ferdinand II. The town has a literary value as well. It was in this Lesser Town that the famous Czech novelist Jan Neruda was born.
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