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Celetná street.

Celetná (German: Zeltnergasse) is a street in the Old Town, Prague, connecting the Old Town Square with the Powder Gate.[1] It is one of the oldest streets in Prague and is part of the Royal Route.[2] The street is approximately 400 meters long and trams once ran on it, today most of the street has the status of a pedestrian zone.


Celetná(formerly Caletná) is a former Prague trade route.[1] The street is named after bread, which was called Calta, that was baked in the area during the Middle Ages. It became a part of the Royal Route in the 14th century. The coronation parade would travel down Celetná.[2]

The Knights Templar used to hold meetings at the Temple, at 27. After the ending of the Knights Templar in 1312, secret meetings were held by the Knights in the basement. The building then became a hospital, and then a home in 1784. Franz Kafka had connections to the street, having been a lawyer at Pachta Palace. The palace, at 36, is the former headquarters of the Prague Military Commandment starting in 1784 until 1849. Kafka lived from 1888 until 1889 with his family at the Sixt House at 2. He lived from 1896 until 1907 At the Three Kings, at 3. At the Golden Angel, at 29, is a former inn. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart stayed there. At the Red Eagle, at 21, is a former cafe. K.H. Mácha used to frequent it.[1] In Jorge Luis Borges's story "The Secret Miracle" the main character, Jaromir Hladik resides on this street in March, 1939.[citation needed] A Piarists school used to be located at the Menhart House at 17. Giovanni Battista Alliprandi designed the building at 12, the Hrzan of Harasov Palace.[1]


Architecturally, many of the houses have been remodeled under the Baroque and Classical architecture styles.[1][2] Some buildings still have Romanesque and Gothic architecture foundations. The House of the Black Madonna is located on the street.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Muller, Martin. "Celetna Lane on the Royal Way in Prague". Prague. cestovni agentura. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Turp, Craig (2012). DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Prague. London: DK Travel. ISBN 0756683998.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Celetná at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 50°5′13.7″N 14°25′28.4″E / 50.087139°N 14.424556°E / 50.087139; 14.424556