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Old Town Square

Praque

Czech Republic

Contributed by 
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
December 8, 2005
December 14, 2017

A small town square that can cater to a number of distinct groups at the same time.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

You could easily and enjoyably spend a whole day here in the heart of Prague watching the comings and goings of happy tourists and locals. Although not a huge square, it caters to a number of distinct groups at the same time. The numerous young people gravitating to Prague sit on the edges of a striking art nouveau fountain while tourists head for a the stalls of a small souvenir market and well-heeled caf_ society types take a seat at the outdoor restaurants in front of a historic Catholic church. And everyone waits for the famous clock to chime at the hour. ItÍs also the crossroads of the city, with pedestrian links to the nearby Charles Bridge, the famous Jewish quarter, Charles University and the much larger Wenceslas Square.

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A market is set up for Easter.
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This viewing platform gives visitors the opportunity to look at the square from above.
Old Town Square
Old Town Square

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