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Little Square (Malé Náměstí)

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Rounding the cornering in Prague’s Little Square is going to be the first glimpse of the tightly packed, colorful buildings that Old Town is known for. The picture perfect scene in Little Square is a great preview what you will see later on this Old Town Prague walking tour. It’s said the Little Square is the oldest inhabited part of Prague with the first homes being built in the 700s. The square gained its final layout in the 1100-1200s ringed with narrow Gothic houses which grew into larger Renaissance buildings over 500 years later. To this day, many of the building still have Romanesques cellars dating back to the early Middle Ages.
Our favorite building on Little Square is the stunning V.J. Rott House which boasts a beautiful full building mural facade depicting various Medieval tradesmen. The 4-story home was built in 1896 by Ladislav Rott, who along with his brother Julius, started a successful iron working and construction company. Previous to the Rott House, the lot was the site of an older home from the 1200s called At the Three White Roses, which was named after the 3 wealthy sisters that once lived there. Today the Rott House is home to the Hard Rock Cafe (website) and the Rott Hotel (website). The neighboring blue building, known as At the White Lion, is also from the 1800s, but has an excellent Gothic doorway dating back to the 1300s.
In the middle of Little Square is the Iron Fountain which is the oldest well in town. There has been a formal fountain above the well since the 1100s and the well preserved gilded iron gate wrapping around it was hand made in 1560. To say the least, the Iron Fountain has held up well to the test of time and is the perfect companion to the Little Square’s outdoor restaurants which sit on raised wooden planks. For another look into the past, make sure to look at some of the icons above the doors which where used to identify the buildings of Little Square in Medieval times. They range from a Golden Fish, a Blue Horse, Golden Sun, and more. These Medieval icons will be a reoccurring theme on this free Prague walking tour.

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Little Square, Old Town, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic

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50.0866056, 14.419563899999957

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