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OLD TOWN
The heart of the city is the Old Town and its central square. In the 11th century the settlements around the Castle spread to the right bank of the Vltava. A market-place in what is now Old Town Square (Staromestské námestí) was mentioned for the first time in 1091. Houses and churches quickly sprang up around the square, determining the random network of streets, many of which survive to this day. The area gained the privileges of a town in the 13th century, and, in 1338, a Town Hall. This and other great buildings, such as Clam-Gallas Palace and the importance of the Old Town.

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Municipal House

Prague´s most prominent Art Nouveau building stands on the site of the former Royal Court palace, the King´s residence between 1383 and 1485. Abandoned for centuries, what remained was used as a seminary and later as a military college. It was finally demolished in the early 1900s to be replaced by the present cultural centre (1905 - 11) with its exhibition halls and large auditorium, designed by Antonín Balšanek assisted by Osvald Polívka.

The exterior is embellished with stucco and allegorical statuary.

Carolinum

At the core of the university founded by Charles IV in 1348 is the Carolinum. Little of the original building survives, except a fine oriel window, but in 1945 the courtyard was reconstructed in Gothic style. In the 15th and 16th centuries the university played a leading role in the movement to reform the church. After the Battle of the White Mountain, the university was taken over by the Jesuits.

Franz Kafka

The author of two of the most influential novels of the 20th century. The Trial and The Castle, Kafka spent most of his short life in the Old Town. From 1893 to 1901 he studied in the Golz-Kinský Palace, where his father later had a shop. He worked as an insurance clerk, but frequented a literary salon in At the Golden Unicorn on Old Town Square, along with others who wrote in German. Hardly any of his work was published in his lifetime.

The sightseeing tours are provided by a local professional licensed guide in the following languages: English, German, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch.         
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