Prague Towers (9) – Powder Tower

Powder Tower – in Czech we call it Prašná brána (= Powder Gate) – stands at the entrance to the Prague Old Town, next to the famouse Art Nouveau Municipal house.

Powder tower Prague

Powder Tower viewed from the New Town, from the Old Town and the statue of its architect Matěj Rejsek

There also starts so called Royal Road because King’s corronation parade started here. Formerly, the Royal Palace was at the place where you find Municipal House in 14-15 centuries. King preferred to live in the city center more than in the Prague Castle. Therefore, the Old Town Municipality decided to build here a new tower in 1475 to show the safety of the Old Town and to have an opposite to the imposing Old Town Bridge Tower on the other side of the town. They named the tower New, its bases were 30 ft (9 m) bellow the current level of the ground and it was 138 ft (42 m) high. The architect was Matyáš Rejsek, now you can see his status looking at the tower from the corner of Municipal House. Unfortunatelly for the tower, due to the riots on the streets king Vladislaus II Jagiellon found out that it would be much safer to live in Prague Castle and he left the Royal Palace. As a result you can find beautiful Jagiellonian Hall at Prague Castle. The architect left as well, Matyáš Rejsek went to Kutná Hora and he built there a beautiful gothic cathedral of St. Barbora.

Powder Tower in Prague

Interiers, stairs and stained glass windows, specially impressive when sun shines

Thus, the tower at the Old Town was not finished and it was used as the warehouse of the gun powder and got its current name Powder Gate. In 18th century it was badly destroyed by prussian army and lost its beautiful decorations. Today’s appearance it received in 1878-1886 in pseudogothic puristic recontruction done by Josef Mocker (as St. Vitus Cathedral, Karlštejn and a lot of other gothic buildings in Prague and its surrounding). Old Town Tower bridge was again used as the source for the decoration style and the tower received new “boaster” tower so typical for Mocker’s reconstruction.

Power tower Prague

Views from the tower, direction Prague Castle, roofs of Celetna street, Golden Eagle roof with pigeons, roofs of Municipal house

Tower is 213 ft (65 m) high, the view platform is in 144 ft (44 m) and you have to climb 186 stairs to reach it. In fact I consider this tower to be the most “difficult” for climbing, specially due to the narrow stairway at the bottom of it. The lowest part is the worst, when you climb up, it gets better and safer.

Municipal House in Prague

Details on the roof of Municipal house

Prague

Personal note: windows of my first office at the second floor at the top shot, bottom shot street leads to the place where I live

Our next tower is St- Henry’s Tower, highest standalone belltower in Prague, as seen from the Powder Tower:

Jindřišská věž

St. Henry tower dwarfs the roofs of Czech National Bank, out next topic for Prague Towers

The whole series to be found here

1 Introduction
2 Bell Tower of St. Vitus Cathedral
3 Petřín Watchtower
4 St. Nicholas Bellfry
5 Little Quarter’s Bridge Tower
6 Old Town’s Bridge Tower
7 Astronomical Klementinum Tower
8 Tower of the Old Town Townhall
9 Powder Tower

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26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Animalcouriers
    Mar 12, 2013 @ 10:32:32

    What great photos. Such a glorious city – it’s been too long!

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  2. doucette
    Mar 12, 2013 @ 11:25:58

    prekrasna praha, perla u vltave!

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  3. Opalla
    Mar 12, 2013 @ 16:09:41

    You have shared with me so many beautiful places in your country. Wish I could visit it one day.

    Reply

  4. biankonera
    Mar 12, 2013 @ 17:59:57

    I miss Prague.

    Reply

  5. woohaigotyouallinczech
    Mar 12, 2013 @ 18:36:03

    Reblogged this on woohaigotyouallinczech and commented:
    Gorgeous. Only 36 more days until I move to Prague. I hope it’s as pretty as it is in pictures( I’ve never been).

    Reply

  6. arrancat
    Mar 12, 2013 @ 19:12:53

    Just to let you know, I’ve nominated you for an inspirational blog award, you can read my nomination post here: http://howtocrossanocean.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/day-70-get-nominated-for-an-inspirational-blog-award/

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  7. patriciasands
    Mar 12, 2013 @ 21:52:45

    Prague is truly a beautiful city and we found the people there so friendly and helpful. Lucky you to live there!

    Reply

  8. Ritu KT
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 01:04:59

    I have never been to Prague but after seeing your pics I feel like I have! One of my friend went in the beginning of 2012 and shared so many beautiful pictures on her facebook. We were in awe of the beauty of Prague.

    Reply

  9. viveka
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 16:11:11

    You live in a such beautiful city … never got tired of walking around in it .. and hopefully I will be back and do some more walking. *smile Beautiful gallery you given me here and thanks for bringing me back.

    Reply

  10. elPadawan
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 22:04:07

    Love the stained glass shots 🙂

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  11. crane hire london
    Mar 14, 2013 @ 07:40:31

    I really like your writing style, great info, thanks for putting up :D. “Faith is a continuation of reason.” by William Adams.

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  12. Mr Harry Teach
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 10:41:05

    Wonderful, after my first trip to your site I already want to visit Prague.

    Reply

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  21. Amy
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 22:28:36

    Beautiful city! Your photos reminded me the trip we made last summer 🙂

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