Černý Most

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View of Černý Most from Dolní Počernice

Černý Most (Czech pronunciation: [tʃɛrniː most]) is a large panel housing estate in the north-east of Prague, belonging to Prague 14. At the end of 2013 it was home to 22,355 residents.[1] As well as residential complexes, the area has a large retail park with the same name.

History[edit]

Černý Most seen from a helicopter

The area, whose name means "black bridge" in English, was named after a stone bridge over the nearby railway line from Prague to Čelákovice, which was blackened by smoke from passing steam locomotives. The area was newly formed from parts of the former suburbs of Hloubětín, Kyje and Horní Počernice in 1987. It became a part of Prague on January 1, 1988.[2]

The housing estate was built during the late 1970s and the 1980s in several stages. The first section, sídliště Černý Most I, was completed in 1980 and comprised 1,780 flats. The second section, sídliště Černý Most II, was started in 1985 under the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, but not completed until 1992 after the Velvet Revolution had ended Communist rule.

The streets were originally to be named after Communist officials, mostly from the Soviet Union.[3] Instead they were named after Czechoslovak airmen who fought in the French Air Force and Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in World War II. They include:

Vašátková, the street named after RAF fighter ace Alois Vašátko

Today[edit]

The Sparta shopping centre on Cíglerova street

The estate is served by the last two Prague Metro stations on Line B, Rajská zahrada and Černý Most, the latter of which is adjacent to a large intercity bus station. There are two smaller Park and ride facilities near both metro stations. The recently-built Centrum Černý Most shopping centre is also there.

In popular culture[edit]

Parts of the film Babí léto (2001) were filmed in Černý Most.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Úvod o Praze 14" (in Czech). Praha14.cz. 31 December 2013.[dead link]
  2. ^ "MČ Praha 14 - Zajímavosti Prahy 14" (in Czech). Praha14.cz. Retrieved 18 November 2013.[dead link]
  3. ^ "MČ Praha 14 - Letci v názvech ulic Černého Mostu" (in Czech). Praha14.cz. Retrieved 29 January 2014.[dead link]
  4. ^ "RNDr Air Marshall Karel Janoušek". Free Czechoslovak Air Force. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Josef Bryks". Free Czechoslovak Air Force. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Josef Dygrýn – One of the Few". Free Czechoslovak Air Force. 24 July 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Josef František – One of the Few". Free Czechoslovak Air Force. 24 July 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Jaroslav Himr – One of the Few". Free Czechoslovak Air Force. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Karel Kuttelwascher – One of the Few". Free Czechoslovak Air Force. 1 January 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Otto Smik". Free Czechoslovak Air Force. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Arnost Valenta – One of the Fifty". Free Czechoslovak Air Force. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Alois Vašátko". Život v Praze 14 (in Czech). Městská Část Praha 14. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Babí léto | Filmová místa.cz". Filmovamista. Retrieved 18 November 2013.[clarification needed]

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