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Wenceslas Square

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Main Prague thoroughfare
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Wenceslas Square is the liveliest thoroughfare in Prague, starting down in Můstek and going all the way up to the monumental building of the National Museum. Its total length is 682 meters. It is the real center of Prague with the highest concentration of shops, hotels, foreign and domestic company offices, souvenir shops, and fast food kiosks. Life at "Václavák", as called by the inhabitants of Prague, does not sleep at night. It features many night clubs, unfortunately some are rather sleazy.
The square, originally a marketplace, was created after the year 1348 when Emperor Charles the Fourth founded

the New Town. Until 1848, it was called "Koňský Trh" (Horse Market). The current name commemorates St. Wenceslas, a saint of the Bohemian land, whose sculpture is erected on the top of the square.
The square witnessed many historical events. It held mass demonstration after the occupation of Czechoslovakia by Soviet tanks in August 1968. In protest against the occupation, a student named Jan Palach immolated himself to death on the square in January 1969. Furthermore, the main demonstrations of November 1989 which led to the fall of the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia happened on that square.

GPS: 50° 4′ 55.81″ N, 14° 25′ 35.55″ E

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Ulice Václavské náměstí Město Praha 1


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