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Lesser Town Square
Lesser Town, Prague 1

Lesser Town Square
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address of Lesser Town Square
Lesser Town Square,
Lesser Town, Prague 1, Czechia
public transport to get to Lesser Town Square
Tram stop: Malostranske namesti (trams 12,15,20,22)
places of interest near to Lesser Town Square
-Lesser Town
-Charles Bridge
-St. Nicholas Church
-Liechtenstein Palace
-Church Of Our Lady Victorious
-Kampa Park Restaurant
-Bricks Restaurant
-U Maliru 1543 Restaurant
-Terasa U Zlate Studne Restaurant
-Coda Restaurant
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map showing Lesser Town Square in Prague
The Lesser Town Square (Malostranské náměstí) in Prague is the centre of the Lesser Town (Malá Strana). It has been the hub of this side of the city since the 10th century, once serving as a marketplace for Prague Castle and as a public meeting place for Lesser Town citizens.

In the Middle Ages, the gallows and pillory were located here.

At the heart of the square, and dividing it in two, is the magnificent St. Nicholas Church, the Lesser Town’s foremost landmark.

In the upper half of the square, opposite the entrance to St. Nicholas, is the beautifully restored Liechtenstein Palace, which hosts a regular programme of classical concerts.

In the lower half is a major tram stop, from which passengers can travel in one direction to Prague Castle, and in the other across the Vltava River to the Old Town and Wenceslas Square.

Lining the Lesser Town Square, and extending into nearby streets, are numerous cafés, small shops, and quaint old pubs and restaurants. Many of these establishments were once Renaissance and Baroque style houses belonging to wealthy nobles living close to the centre of power at Prague Castle.

Among the historic buildings in the square is the original Lesser Town Hall at No.35. Built in 1470, it was plundered and destroyed by Swedish troops during the Thirty Years' War, then rebuilt in the Baroque style in 1630.

It was in the Lesser Town Hall in 1575 that the non-Catholic nobles wrote the “Ceske Konfese” (Czech Confession), a pioneering demand for religious tolerance addressed to the Habsburg emperor, which was eventually passed into law by Rudolf II in 1609. Today it is called Malostranská beseda.

Another building of note is Smiricky Palace at No.18, where Czech nobles famously gathered on 22 May 1618. The next day they threw two Habsburg councillors out of a window at Prague Castle, an act which set off the Thirty Year’s War.

The area surrounding the Lesser Town Square is the major embassy district in Prague; many embassies are housed in delightful Baroque buildings.

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