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Historic lanes and alleys of Old Town

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Historic lanes and alleys of Old Town

The Old Town is a typical labyrinth of winding, narrow lanes with houses - today mostly with Baroque orClassical facades but Romanesque or Gothic in the heartMerchants and tradesmen used to have theirshops in the ground floor of housesToday there are usually  various bars, pubs, cafes and little hotels.

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Triangular Coal Market is a picturesque corner of the Old Town. In the middle of the triangle we can see the Classical fountain of 1797 built by sculptor Franz Xaver Lederer  with financial support of arts patronJames Wimmerhence its nameFountain, however, is far from being an ordinary fountain as it might appear from a distance at first glance . Firstly - the fountain was its history quite restless” - moved many times - atfirst it was on Jungmann Squarethen on Bethlehem Squarelater in Vrchlicky Orchards and finally in 1952docked “for the time being definitely” on the Coal Market. Another interesting fact is that no one actually really knows what does the fountain meansThere are  different birds and fruist on itthus far everything is clearFrom these assumptions some art experts conclude that the fountain could represent an allegory of viticultureand agriculturebecause standing boy gives sitting girl  a bunch of grapesHowever, other researchers called them as Adam and EveWhat is certain - the bird at their feet is a cockSpring of water is gushing up from a bird‘s beak, which is probably going to take offRestorers, who worked hard on the fountain, because it was damaged by vandals, however, failed to unitewhether it is a duckgoose or swan.  I will leave dealing with this important question up to you.
"Migratory" Wimmer´s fountain with bizarre fauna
“Migratory” Wimmer´s fountain with bizarre fauna

In the middle of a straight line of historicizing apartment buildings on the northwest side of the triangle there protrudes a seemingly inexplicably strange straddledred house standswhich clearly does not fit into theseriesBut on the contrary there are illogical houses on the sides. Why? Kindly find the answer in the next picture:

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Do you recognize itIt is the house with advertising of company Robert Eichler”, with retreating right part. In the picture the house has still an original baroque gable, which, as you can see in the previous picture, was later somewhat simplified. The house was one of many original medieval buildings with baroque facadesHouses on both sides of the house were in the 19th century rehabilitated” and the whole north-western side of the triangle was irreparably damaged. Way it looked sooner we can realize also nowadays looking at the preserved south side of the triangle.


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Old Town backyard with Classical balcony corridors that look somewhat differently than in Zizkov
Old Town backyard with Classical balcony corridors that look somewhat differently than in Zizkov

Golden lane is not only a street in Hradcany (Prague Castel district) , but also one in the Old Town.Because two streets with the same name may not be in Prague, so that the street in Hradcany is officiallycalled with suffix Golden Lane at Daliborka” and it is the only street in Prague, which is accessible only after purchase of ticketsTo the Golden Lane in the Old Town you do not have to pay any entrance fee andyou have one extra bonus - unlike  Golden lane at Daliborka overcrowded with touristyou will encounteralmost no one hier. As an added bonus you have just around the corner  also Stribrna (Silver) LaneThe street was opened to the public only short time ago - after reconstruction of adjacent St. Anna church and soalmost no one knows about it. It is really off the beaten track.

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Golden Lane creates a bizarre plaza in front of the entrance to St. Anna Church
Golden Lane creates a bizarre plaza in front of the entrance to St. Anna Church
Golden Lane just before comming to Anna Plaza turns into a passage
Golden Lane just before comming to Anna Plaza turns into a passage
Mystic Prague like in Jakub Schikaneder´s paintings
Mystic Prague like in Jakub Schikaneder´s paintings
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