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The large New City Hall, with its beautiful facade, sits in the middle of Virgin Mary Square which has deep roots back to Medieval times. In the 1100s a large Romanesque style church dedicated to the Virgin Mary was built here surrounded by a cemetery. It’s said that the church was nicknamed Mary on the Puddle after light flooding the frequented the square. After reforms by Joseph II closed one-third of all the monasteries in the Holy Roman Emperor, the vacated church was demolished in 1791.
Today’s New City Hall was built from 1908-11 in a classic Art Nouveau-style decorated by dozens statues. The building may be the main seat of city government in Prague and Mayor’s office, but it’s a couple of the exterior statues that matter to us. Our favorite statue is the dark, larger than life one of the Northwest corner of the building called the Iron Knight. Legend has it that the Knight stabbed a young lady who did not want him and as she died, she cursed him to turn to iron. To us, the Iron Knight statue looks a lot like Darth Vader from the Star Wars series. On the Southwest corner of City Hall is another large dark statue depicting Rabbi Loew who in famous in folklore for creating the Golem to protect Prague’s Jewish community.
Before continuing around Town Hall, make sure to visit the small fountain on the backside of the neighboring Clam-Gallas Palace as it is considered the most beautiful sculpture in Prague. The fountain is called Vltava, after the Prague’s River, and shows a beautiful topless maid pouring our two jugs of water. The two jugs represent the two sources of water for the Vltava River. Notice that one of the jugs has 5 stars on it which is the symbol of the Czech Catholic martyr Saint John of Nemomuk who was drown in the Vltava River centuries ago. The fountain was added in 1812-18 but was replaced with a replica in 1957 after the original fell into disrepair.

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Mariánské náměstí 2/2, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic

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50.0871136, 14.417793500000016

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