And?l (neighborhood)

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thumb And?l is a busy crossing and its immediate neighbourhood in Prague 5's central quarter of Smíchov. The name means angel in the Czech language and originates from the 19th century U zlatého and?la (Golden Angel) pub originally named after an angel statue in front of it. The pub's awning painting of an angel was preserved after its demolition and is now displayed nearby.

And?l is an important traffic center. Prague Metro's Line B runs beneath it, the area being served by And?l Station and tramway lines in north-south and east-west direction cross there (lines 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14 and 20). Otherwise, it is a pedestrian zone.

After a redevelopment in the late 1990s, when French architect Jean Nouvel designed an office building called Golden Angel (Zlatý And?l) above the Metro station with a picture of an angel from the movie Wings of Desire and quotes from Rilke on its facade, And?l became one of the busiest parts of the city, with many offices of national and international companies. Across it (in the north-west quadrant), one of Prague's biggest shopping malls, Nový Smíchov, can be found, including multiplex cinema Cinema City; another multiplex, Cinestar (former Village Cinemas), is nearby in the And?l City complex.

Notable buildings

  • Smichov Synagogue

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