Malá Strana (Lesser Town), Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic and the historical capital of Bohemia. Prague is situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava river. Prague has been a political, cultural and economic centre of central Europe complete with a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages.

Malá Strana (Lesser Town of Prague) is a district of the city of Prague and one of its most historic regions.

The name Malá Strana derives from its position on the left (west) bank of the river Vltava, on the slopes just below the Prague Castle, in opposition to the larger towns of Prague on the right bank, to which it is conjoined by the Charles Bridge.

The town was originally called the New Town beneath the Prague Castle after 1257 when it was founded. After Charles IV founded the New Town of Prague in 1348, the town was renamed the Lesser Town of Prague. Baroque architecture predominates in Malá Strana.

Here are some photos taken during a visit to this part of Prague.

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