Area next to Prague’s Masaryk railway station. Twenty Archaia archaeologists reveal some history here every day. They started after Easter, they will be ready in November. Then they are replaced by excavators.
“Preparations are underway for the future construction of a 382-bed hotel. There will be a hotel operator Motel One. We signed a contract with him two years ago and reaffirmed their interest even at this time, when the hotel area is severely affected. The company is very interested in this fact, “says David Musil of Penta Real Estate, which is behind the construction of the hotel, which is to open in the first quarter of 2024.
The German hotel chain Motel One already has one hotel in the center of Prague. In 2014, he opened it in Na Poříčí Street, in a building that was also built by Penta. However, she later sold it.
Connecting two stations
The new hotel is designed by the Schindler Seko studio and is part of the entire revitalization of Masaryk Railway Station. It will cost 1.2 billion crowns. “The hotel building is part of the connection between Masaryk Railway Station and the Main Railway Station,” adds Musil. Directly through the hotel and its atrium, the passage from the U Bulhara crossroads will lead to the roofing of the Masaryčka platforms.
Land near Masaryk railway station was acquired by Penta ten years ago. The public saw the first plan to rebuild Prague’s Masaryk four years ago. Since then, there have been debates with the public, opponents of the project, conservationists and city representatives.
Once on the side of “U Bulhara” an archaeological survey for 24 million crowns is still underway and construction has begun in the autumn of this year, on the other side of the tracks are already under construction. In two years, instead of a huge crater, two buildings designed by architect Zaha Hadid should stand here.
Different finds a few meters apart
Even under this building, we conduct an archaeological survey of the Archaia Archaeological Society. “From an archaeological point of view, the two places are completely different. In Na Florenci Street, we moved inside the New Town of Prague. There were finds of wells, waste pits and rich movable finds. We found about 250,000 finds there, which illustrated the culture of living and dining in the New Town population from the second half of the 14th century until the establishment of the railway station, ”says Martin Vyšohlíd from Archaia.
From a historical point of view, the current survey is beyond the borders of the New Town of Prague. “We are no longer moving in the city. On the other hand, we can get information from the time of conquering the city during the 30-year war, “adds Vyšohlíd, adding that so far the company has discovered rare industrial pieces related to the history of the station.