Analysis Of Modern Old Town

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Modern Old Town is architecturally composed of a large variety of styles, resulting from the many rulers and trends that the historic town has seen (Old Town). Old Town’s Gothic, Baroque, and Rococo buildings, the oldest in all of Prague, now attract a massive amount of tourists from all over the world (Old Town). The sites and attractions can mostly be characterized as either religious or cultural in nature (Old Town). Much of the cultural attractions are found within Old Town Square, perhaps most notably the Astronomical Clock (F.F. 2017). Old Town is arterially connected to Lesser Town via three bridges, one being the historic Charles Bridge, all crossing the Vltava River (Old Town). A high population density exists all throughout Old Town,…show more content…
From the very beginning, it was decreed a royal town, and German merchants were invited as occupants (Little Quarter). While many of the original buildings were burnt down in a sixteenth century fire, the original, unplanned, street pattern was reused during the period of reconstruction, which replaced many of the buildings with Baroque architecture (Little Quarter). If not for the fire, the architecture of Lesser Town would look similar to Old Town. The two squares of Lesser Town are Malostranske Square and Maltese Square; both attract a fair number of tourists and are lined with quaint cafes and pubs (Maltese Square). Lesser Town has average population density, with between four to six thousand people per square kilometer (Prague Population…show more content…
The section of the historic city Jews were ordered to live within during the 13th century was once very dense structurally and in population (Jewish Quarter). Over time, many buildings were removed, although the population of the area is still quite high to this day (Prague Population Density). Many of the changes to Josefev came between 1893 and 1913, when flooding issues resulted in modern structures and systems being constructed to deal with the environmental stress (Jewish Quarter). During Nazi occupation, Adolf Hitler took the beginning steps of creating a “museum of an extinct race,” even transporting Jewish artifacts from other countries to Josefev (PRAGUE JEWISH). The museum eventually came to fruition, and currently exists as a top tourist site for all of Prague (Jewish Quarter). A number of famous synagogues remain, in particular the ‘Old New’ (Jewish Qurter). Nearby is the Old Jewish Cemetery, which is raised from the street level due to layered graves dating between 1439 and 1787 (N.S. Praze). Currently, a project that aims to incorporate the older style of architecture that existed in the area in a museum-based development is underway (Domenico et al.
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