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The Golden Lane in Prague reopened

 
photo:  (Maros Mraz)
 

One of the biggest tourist attractions in Prague, the Golden Lane, was reopened to the public from 1 June 2011. The lane has undergone a thorough one-year reconstruction, in fact, the biggest ever. The main reason for the reconstruction was the repair of the old sewerage, a serious threat to the static condition of the nearly collapsing houses.

 
The lane was built in the 2nd half of the 16th century, after the northern fortifications of Prague Castle were built. The lane is situated at the northern part of the castle. It consists of small houses with colourful facades which are inbuilt directly into the arches of the castle walls. The houses used to be the homes of craftsmen, castle gunmen or servants, later the poor. Originally in the 16th century, goldsmiths lived there, where the name “Golden” comes from, and its oldest known name was “Goldsmiths’ Lane”.

The romantic setting of Golden Lane had inspired many writers and artists. Among its most famous inhabitants are e.g. the writer Franz Kafka and the Nobel Prize Award winner Jaroslav Seifert. The houses were inhabited until the Second World War. In 1952-1955, they were reconstructed and became souvenir shops or small museums and galleries.

After the last reconstruction, only seven houses will be used for commercial purposes, while the remaining nine will offer historical exhibitions presenting visitors with what life in Golden Lane was like.

The Golden Lane is a part of the Golden Castle and the Prague Heritage Site. It was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1992.
 
 
Author: Romana Kuncová
 
Added: 27.06.2011
 
 
 

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