Celetná

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Celetná street.

Celetná is a street in the Old Town, Prague, connecting the Old Town Square with the Powder Gate.<ref name=Muller>Template:Cite web</ref> It is one of the oldest streets in Prague and is part of the Royal Route.<ref name=Turp>Template:Cite book</ref>

History

Celetná is a former Prague trade route.<ref name=Muller/> The street is named after bread that was baked in the area during the Middle Ages. It became a part of the Royal Route in the 14th century. The coronation parade would travel down Celetná.<ref name=Turp/>

The Knights Templar used to hold meetings at At the Temple, at 27. After the ending of the Knights Templar in 1312, secret meetings were held by the Knights in the basement. The building then became a hospital, and then a home in 1784. Franz Kafka had connections to the street, having been a lawyer at Pachta Palace. The palace, at 36, is the former headquarters of the Prague Military Commandment starting in 1784 until 1849. Kafka lived from 1888 until 1889 with his family at the Sixt House at 2. He lived from 1896 until 1907 At the Three Kings, at 3. At the Golden Angel, at 29, is a former inn. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart stayed there. At the Red Eagle, at 21, is a former cafe. K.H. Mácha used to frequent it.<ref name=Muller/> In Jorge Luis Borges's story "The Secret Miracle" the main character, Jaromir Hladik resides on this street in March, 1939.Template:Citation needed A Piarists school used to be located at the Menhart House at 17. Giovanni Battista Alliprandi designed the building at 12, the Hrzan of Harasov Palace.<ref name=Muller/>

Today

Architecturally, many of the houses have been remodeled under the Baroque and Classical architecture styles.<ref name=Muller/><ref name=Turp/> Some buildings still have Romanesque and Gothic architecture foundations. The House of the Black Madonna is located on the street.<ref name=Turp/>

See also

  • Districts of Prague

References

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