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Prague City Architecture Walk 1

by Larissa Petryca, on 16 November 2021 13:37:01 CET

Last weekend a group of six students and invited guests visited the remnants of the 14th century Old Town, learning about life in mediaeval Prague. The walk was led by Alex Went, who is currently presenting a ten-week course on Prague City Architecture,


We examined the remains of the 'little bridge' (or 'můstek') in the underground station of that name; and followed the course of the old town wall, taking in the old Horse Market, Coal Market, Jewish quarter and Fruit Market.

A highlight of the trip was a tour of the gothic chapels of the convent of Saint Agnes of Bohemia, dating from 1231. Thanks to her friendship with Saint Clare of Assisi, this royal princess established the first Franciscan friaries and the first convent of Poor Clares north of the Alps.

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Convent of Saint Agnes of Bohemia, dating from 1231

Gothic Prague

The group also visited two other gothic structures: the church of Saint-Martin-in-the-Wall, and the so-called 'Old-New Synagogue'. One of the earliest examples of gothic architecture in Prague, this building in the Jewish quarter was completed in 1270 by Christian architects, inspired by French Cistercian abbeys.

Old-New Synagogue

Join us next time and discover Malá Strana

You do not have to be attending the Prague City Architecture course to join a walk. The walks are open to any students, staff and alumni of PCU.

The next walk will focus on Malá Strana on Sunday 28 November at 10am. Details can be found on the Events page here, so mark it in your calendar and come join!

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Wallenstein Palace
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