The City of Prague Museum

Žižkov / Peculiar balconies and steep streets

Žižkov / Peculiar balconies and steep streets

Tomáš Dvořák and coll.

The City of Prague Museum, 2012


The readers will learn about the changes of Žižkov through time and space: from a settlement with only dozens of inhabitants in the mid-19th century to a proud and autonomous town with the population of more than sixty thousand in the late 19th century, which in 1922 joined the Greater Prague.

The book readers can set out for a virtual walk around Žižkov and, with the help of many postcards, photographs, maps, historical advertisements, and short explaining texts, walk through time and space, same as Žižkov expanded and developed in the second half of the 19th century (new streets emerged, train and tram transport expanded, gasworks and a power station were built, schools were established). The book shows the lifestyle of Žižkov residents – the living in tenement houses with balconies, so typical of Žižkov, the hustle and bustle on Žižkov streets, especially their shops, marketplaces, small workshops, and numerous inns. The book also reveals the critical moments of the Žižkov history, mainly the Žižkov redevelopment in the 1970s and 1980s, and presents the local archaeological findings. A special chapter is dedicated to the noteworthy story related to the findings on Komenského Square – 4 Celtic coins, which remained preserved from a larger hoard, and about 15 pieces of jewellery from a Celtic burial ground.


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