Mysterious Prague: Do you know the atmosphere and stories of these places?
If you love Prague and like to discover new places, you are at the right place. Let’s walk through hidden or lesser-known places in the capital. Maybe you’ve been to them before and you like them. You may have walked through them, but you didn’t even realize where you were. And maybe you don’t even know about them. Whether you belong to the mandatory group, come with us and keep your eyes open.
When the Shadows are said, each of us will probably goosebumps. That you did not find this part of Prague on the map? No wonder. It is a district that originated in the books of Jaroslav Foglar and began to live its own life. The neighborhood where the secret Vont organization operated did not leave a whole generation of children and adults cold.
Aren’t you catching? The Vons were a boy’s movement that protected their neighborhood – the Shadows. They were marked with yellow pins and led by the Great Vont. He owned a so-called hedgehog in a cage. You probably already know.
And where is the mysterious place where not even the sun shines all day? Stínadla can be found in the Old Town in the part of Anenské náměstí, where the church of St. Anne is already abolished. Just step out of the tourist stream and you will find yourself in alleys paved with cat’s heads. Beaten plasters guarantee a piece of mystery.
Interestingly, the shadow life has been translated into reality. Vont and similar organizations have worked here and maybe still work ?! To this day, the streets of old Prague attract adventures.
Colony of Malvazinky
You will feel here more than like in Prague as in the suburbs of London. Every lover of architecture must experience the atmosphere of small houses built next to each other. You will find the Malvazinka colony on the hill above Smíchov. After the First World War, the city of Prague built a colony here for the lower middle class. Allegedly for teachers who came to the capital at that time in connection with the newly emerging school networks.
Although it does not seem so, the houses are four-storey and have a small garden at the back. Some have already been renovated, not always completely happy, but even so, this place is magical.
Swimming pool under the Barrandov terraces
In 1930, a 50-meter pool was opened here on the site of the former quarry, which is also used for swimming competitions. It was part of the Barrandov terraces, which are now under reconstruction. From the pool is now a dilapidated torso breathing faded glory. But definitely worth a visit. Step into the middle of the pool and get a view of the high rocks and the green stairs of the ski jump, which is now completed by the creations of sprayers.
It used to be paradise. Water was supplied directly from the Vltava. The disadvantage for which the work must end its activity was the inappropriate location. The pool was lit only in the morning, for the rest of the day it was shaded by rocks.
Apart from the fact that it is the oldest monument of the Prague Jewish city and one of the oldest preserved synagogues in Europe at all, a cloud of mystery hangs over this place.
Many legends are associated with it. One of them says that during the fire it was protected by its wings from angels transformed into doves and thanks to that it has survived to the present day. The character of the Golem is also associated with her. According to legend, Rabbi Löw was to store his remains in the synagogue. It is also said that the Golem sleeps in the ground and wakes up when the Jews in Prague are in danger. In short, there are many stories and mysteries associated with this place. Go and explore it here, maybe the reputation will come to the fore.
The gorge in the area of Prague Castle is an oasis of peace and a place where it was possible to hide from crowds of tourists. The past tense because the complex is currently under reconstruction. Even so, it is worth mentioning.
Maria Theresa had it divided into upper and lower parts by the rampart, under Rudolf II. it is said that tall game was planted and subsequently hunted here. But what is interesting, bears once lived here. TG Masaryk is received as a gift from legionnaires from Russia.
According to estimates, you will be able to go to the upper part at the end of June, to the lower one perhaps in 2022.
Place marked Prague Montmartre. According to some, even nicer than the original. Many artists and bohemians lived here, for example, the Danish star carrier Tycho de Brahe. It just has an atmosphere.
If you look for this paradise, go to Hradčany, because it is a small part of them. It is an alley of the same name and then Černínská, Na Náspu, Kapucínská streets and ends at the corner of Kanovnická.
Earlier in the houses lived people who were bound to the Castle by service duties, later during the First Republic the poor live here.
The narrowest alley
This is nothing for claustrophobics and hulks. The nameless alley in Prague is located at Malá Strana, leads from U Lužického semináře street to the garden of the Čertovka restaurant and is about half a meter wide. It is the last fire alley in this neighborhood So that you don’t have to forget about anyone here, which you probably wouldn’t even succeed in, the passages are controlled by a traffic light.
House U Kaštanu
The popular cultural center located near the Břevnov Monastery has an interesting history. Originally an inn, after the reconstruction in the 19th century, the local garden restaurant became a popular meeting place for families, but also associations such as Sokol or firefighters. On April 7, 1878, people engaged in the workers’ movement founded the Czechoslovak Social Democratic Party here. The action ended with the arrest and trial of the founders. The monarchy was not a supporter of social democracy. The meetings on the building and its owners did not have a significant impact and the restaurant continued to fulfill its function. It has been a cultural center since the 1990s.
Vrtbov Palace with a garden
You can find him at Malá Strana on the corner of Tržiště and Karmelitánská street. The entrance is not noticeable, but when you get lost, you will discover here one of the most beautiful gardens in Prague, thanks to which the palace is mostly sought after.
Prague is not the name of any corner of Prague. It is a social enterprise that will allow you to look at Prague differently. Your guides will be homeless people. They will take you through the places with which their life story is connected. You may find nooks where you have never been, but more likely, you will have a completely different view of where you normally move.
Cover photo source: Unsplash.com
Cover photo author: Sebastien
Sources from which it was drawn: www.prahaneznama.cz, www.synagogue.cz, www.kamsevydat.cz, www.praha.cz, www.neznamapraha.cz
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