FREE Pdf Tourist guide PRAGUE CITY LINE – Prague 3

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Prague´s Žižkov stretches in the town district Praha 3 close to the centre and today we will introduce this quarter to you. We will also tell you about interesting history of Žižkov and its landmarks which make it a popular tourist location. Due to the vibrant night life and also its many cafés, bars and restaurants Žižkov is called Prague´s Montmartre.

Despite the numerous cafés and bars Žižkov is also rich in interesting landmarks. The best-known construction is surely the Žižkov TV Tower raising high above Prague from a distance. Due to its height a view terrace with a wonder-ful view of the entire capital had been set up on its top. Žižkov also contains Vítkov Hill with plenty of landmarks such as the Vítkov Memorial or the Military Museum. For rest and relax the parks Mahlerovy or Riegrovy sady are used. This Prague´s district is also home of the football team FK Viktoria Žižkov whose home stadium is located in a diffe-rent place than in Žižkov.
We also need to mention other important constructions, the local sacral monuments, such as the church Nejsvětějšího Srdce Páně (church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord) in náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad (square). Further also the church of St. Procop in Sladkovského náměstí (square) or the the oldest church in Žižkov – the church of St. Roch located in the currrent Olšanské náměstí (square). There is the largest Prague´s necropolis in the neighbourhood of the church – Olšanské hřbitovy. More than two million people are buried there including such famous personalities as the student Jan Palach, Josef Jungmann, Jan Werich with Jiří Voskovec, the hockey player and trainee Ivan Hlinka or actor and director Ladislav Smoljak …

BASIC TRACK DESCRIPTION

Beginning: náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad (George of Pedebrady Square)
End of the track: náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad (George of Pedebrady Square)
Length of track: 5.5 km
Walking time: 2 hour 30 min
Orientation: educational – historical, scientific, sporting
Difficulty: light
Price level: max. 500 CZK (based on the ticket selection)

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Monuments in guide:

(1) Gregory of Podebrady Square,
(2) Church of the most Sacred Heart of Our Lord,
(3) The Skroupa´s Square,
(4) Žižkov Television Tower,
(5) The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague´s Žižkov ,
(6) Telephone Exchange in Fibichova street,
(7) Palace Akropolis, (8) Sladkovský Square,
(9) Church of St. Prokop,
(10) Bezovka,
(11) Olšanské Square,
(12) Olšany Cemeteries,
(13) Church of St. Roch,
(14) Underground shelter Bezovka below Parukarka Hill,
(15) Parukářka Park and Holy Cross Hill,
(16) Basel Square,
(17) Vítkov Hill,
(18) National Memorial at Vítkov,
(19) Army Museum in Žižkov,
(20) Winston Churchill Square,
(21) House of Trade Unions,
(22) University of Economics,
(23) Stadium of the Football Club Viktoria Žižkov,
(24) Rieger Gardens

Vouchers in Guide:

10% discount Coctail Pub – Pulp Fiction
10% discount Restaurant & Steakhouse Hodovna Žižkov
10% discount Restaurant Brewery Victor
10% discount Restaurant Kredenc
10% discount accommodation Apartments Jagellonská
20% discount Restaurt U Kroužků
20% discount admission Jump Park

Žižkov used to be a specific town district of Prague. Let´s explore its rich history and learn about the origin of its name. In the article we will transfer to the period of Charles IV, our Homeland´s Father, and to the Hussite period when one of the significant triumphal battles of the Hussites over Crusa-ders took place.
Settlement and founding of Žižkov: The contemporary Žiž-kov territory used to be a rarely settled landscape in the past, located behind the boundaries of Prague. V roce 1358 the Emperor Charles IV issued a decision to grow vineyards on the hillsides around Prague. The vineyards were also founded in the territory of the present-day Žižkov. Unfortunatelly, they were not protected and so they suffered from frequent raids of the hostile troops. There were some sixty-six houses and settlements in this village in 1837 and one hundred and sixty-nine inhabitants. In 1849 the territory was called Vinohrady and later in 1867 the Emperor Joseph I permitted to use a new name, Královské Vinohrady (Royal Vineyards).
Žižkov as an independant town: On July 16th, 1875, the Land Diet (Assembly) divided Královské Vinohrady in two parts, namely the current Žižkov and Královské Vinohrady. The name Žižkov was officially permitted in 1877 and on May 15th, 1881, the Emperor Francis Joseph I raised Žižkov to a town. On January 1st, 1922, the town became part of Prague. During those years a rapid construction of new houses was carried out and around 1920 the district was completely built-up. It is interesting that one of the first tram lines was hea-ding right uphill to Źižkov.
The Battle of Vítkov: Also the Hussite period is inseparably connected to the history of Žižkov. Especially the local hill Vítkov had played an important role in the history. It was called after a Prague citizen Vítek of Hill who used to have vineyards in that location. The Vítkov Hill entered the history textbooks by the date July 14th, 1420, when the Hussites under the di-rection of Jan Žižka of Trocnov defeated the Crusader troops. In commemoration of the famous Hussite victory a bronze equestrian statue of Jan Žižka of Trocnov with a mace which nowadays ranks among the first ten of the world´s greatest equestrian statues was placed on Vítkov. The Hus-sitism also reflects in many street names of Žižkov, whose names very often refer to the representatives of the Hussitism or to the names related to the Hussite rebellion ….

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