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A Prague quarter from the 19th century
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Žižkov is a residencial area in Prague founded as late as in the 19th century. Originally, since 1788, Žižkov had been part of the village Hora Viničná, which later became the municipality of "Královské Vinohrady" (Royal Vinohrady) and in 1877, "Vinohrady I" became Žižkov.
During the second half of the 19th century, the pace of development accelarated greatly and the population went up from 83 inhabitants in 1843 to 42,000 in 1890. It is then

that the first electric tramway line was built. The characteristic appearance of Žižkov ( narrow streets and avenues) was seriously altered in the seventies when the Communists had serious plans to build typical Soviet-style block of flats. This renovation was however stopped by the Velvet Revolution in 1989 and the historical core of Žižkov and its special character was preserved. Today, Žižkov is a great exemple of how Prague developed.


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