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Golden Lane


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The Golden Lane was named after the goldsmiths who settled down in the city in the 17th century. The row of houses in this small street is one of the most picturesque locations in Prague. In the first years of the 16th century Rudolf II decided to build the small colourful houses for to the castle marksmen who guarded the fortification. Later in the 17th century the goldsmiths who moved into these houses reconstructed the buildings. The street passed through a dark period in the 19th century. It got into evil ways and became a slum where delinquency was an everyday occurrence. In the middle of the 20th century the renters had to move off because the houses were restored to their former condition.

Nowadays in most of these small houses shops offer their goods such as books, lace and the famous Czech glass products. The famous writer Franz Kafka was an inhabitant of the street. He lived here with his sister for a few weeks in the house Nr. 22.

The street has a fascinating atmosphere and it incites you to give credit to the legends, which say that the alchemists have tried to concoct gold for the emperor. Of course this did not happen in the small houses but n the laboratories between the St. Vistus Cathedral and the Gunpowder Tower in Vikárská Alley.



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