Have you ever wondered what the place where you live today looked like a hundred years ago? Or where did the Vltava originally flow? The Institute of Planning and Development of the Capital City of Prague presented an interactive online map of Prague over more than two hundred years.
The PRAGUE YESTERDAY application brings the general public an unprecedented view of our capital. Use the slider to see the different faces of Prague over time. The oldest map in the application shows our metropolis from 1816, today’s Lesser Town and the New and Old Towns proudly standing behind the walls. You can see the difference between the then and today’s Prague in a very pleasant and visual way.
A sympathetically designed slider switching between blind-style views is a hit. Certainly thanks to which you will spend long moments by quickly moving the blind preview. It is also worth mentioning the tips from the developers in the upper right corner. They preset interesting moments and milestones that shaped the shape of Prague. Unique are, for example, the elevation shots after the bombing of American aircraft in February 1945. Thanks to a comparison in application PRAGUE YESTERDAY so we can see how our mother of cities coped with this tragedy. We can see how the city later grew and how the affected areas were repaired, including Palackého and Karlova náměstí, or Vinohradská třída.
The presentation of the application will be accompanied by a lecture by the historian Martina Koukalová, which you can recommend. It took place at the Center for Architecture and Urban Planning, which organizes many similar events for the public. The recording of the lectures is high quality and the material is full of interesting information.
The PRAGUE YESTERDAY application shows what sharing public information can look like in a user-friendly environment. And it demonstrates well. The application is clear, free and tips of interesting milestones will delight everyone. You can also search for a specific address in the application, or adjust the transparency and thus get street labels. It is definitely a good step from state organizations towards citizens, which we can praise.