The idea to define the center of Prague came from the head of the director of the Institute of Development Planning of the Capital City of Prague. of the City of Prague by Ondřej Boháč, who already in the winter marked the outermost poles of the capital. Based on their intersection, he came to the conclusion that the center of Prague is located in Prague 3, specifically in an inconspicuous picturesque locality called Na Balkáně. “When I called the mayor of Prague 3, he was miles surprised and showed interest in marking the pole here as well, ”Boháč told Blesk.cz.
At the playground
Neither the Old Town nor the New Town, not Hradčany at all. The concrete bollard that followed his four older siblings is located exactly on the coordinates that indicate the center of Prague given by the intersection of all poles. It is located on the playground Na Balkáně.
“I always thought that the navel of Prague is located in Žižkov. Now we have it confirmed by IPR, “pleases the mayor of Prague 3 Jiří Ptáček (TOP 09). “I really liked the initiative of Ondřej Boháč with the designation of the poles of Prague, and I am glad that Prague 3 can also be a part of this project.”
Accuracy on a grain of sand
The coordinates determined the place next to the children’s climbing frame. Thanks to the fact that it is located on the playground, it is a little different from the other poles. “Because we knew the kids would get on with it, we had to have the foundations concreted under it to make it more durable. In other words, as it rises above the ground, roughly twice the length of the column is underground, “the mayor told Blesk.cz.
In any case, he is pleased that they have to come out the way they did, and maybe a meter further to the climbing frame. “If it came out under the climbing frame, it would be a problem and we would have to move the column. Fortunately, this did not happen, and in particular, it really comes out where the column now stands, with precision on a grain of sand, “Bird said. “If someone didn’t want to use it with their own GPS, which would guide them elsewhere, they would guide them badly.“He smiles.
For better mood
What does the mayor promise from the new “attraction”? The influx of tourists to the otherwise quiet part of Žižkov, which is also reserved especially for children, is not. “We are not interested in promoting the course, although it is probably one of the most beautiful in our country. We mainly want to lift people’s spirits in these difficult times“He said.
It is not the center, like the center
The pole, which marks the center of Prague, is the starting point for several ways to calculate such a center. With the exception of determining with the help of the remaining poles, experts from IPR appreciate other metropolises “Wednesdays”. And paradoxically, you can’t talk to them either about the historical core of Praguewhich is considered a “center” or the center of the city.
“There are many ways to determine the center of a body, in the case of a larger irregular capital,” Boháč said. “Within the Žižkov region, we preferred it because it is the only publicly accessible place that came to mind.”
According to Boháč, the geodetic center of Prague is located in Prague 10 near the Vršovice town hall. “Stay on a private tennis court, so it was not very convenient to visit. On the contrary if one copied a circle around the borders of Prague within other methods, then the center of the circle or Prague would be located in the Olšany cemeteries. ”
Did you know …
… Where is the outermost body of the capital? We would find the northernmost one on the border of Prague with the village Hovorčovice. On the contrary, the south pole is located on the border with the village of Vrané nad Vltavou. The east pole is located in the Klánovice forest. “The West Pole would go properly into the area of the Ruzyně airport, but due to the smooth operation of the airport, we placed it before the plot, ie about a hundred meters from the correct coordinates, “Boháč explained.
Where did the idea for marking the Prague poles come from? “Out of youthful recklessness,” he shrugs. “I started with it during the lockdown, when it was up to us to stay as far away from other people as possible, but at the same time to go outside.. I was constantly thinking about where to take the children so that there wouldn’t be too many people and at the same time it wasn’t just a walk in the woods. The idea of conquering the Prague Poles was not far off, “Boháč describes his idea, saying that the” Youtuber “pair of Boys from Prague, alias Janek Rubeš and Jan Mikulka, helped him with the implementation.
Prague 3 has a new visual identity, including the logo, since 2020. UMC Prague 3, Petr Koll
The center of Prague is not located in the city center, but in Žižkov in the Balkans. Specifically, the coordinator goes to the playground.
Author: David Winter