Kampa Island is surrounded by the Vltava river on one side and the Devilís Stream on the other. Devilís Stream was created in the 12th century as a millrace making Kampa an artificial island.
The use of the Devilís Stream as a millrace suggests that first buildings appearing in the area were mills. Today, there are three of them and two have still their mill-wheels. The most famous one is the Grand Priorís Mill with its totally restored wheel measuring eight metres.
During the Middle Ages, the Kampa Island was one large garden. The first houses were built in the 16th century. The beautiful houses at Na Kampe Namesti were built in the 17th century. The very first buildings to appear here were the homes of bricklayers, carpenters and stonemasons so that they could comfortably keep an eye on Charles Bridge and maintain it in a perfect state. The square surrounded by these houses is the place where pottery used to be sold regularly. Traditional pottery markets took place here for centuries.
Kampa Park now sits at the southern end of the island. It was created during the 1940s from the gardens of several palaces.
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LeeLoo (0) 2010-05-02 18:12
Dear MB White!
Amazing Kampa. Wonderful point of view. Good capture. Very good exposure. Original take.
ikeharel (59461) 2010-05-02 21:00
This pic. looks familiar to me: Becouse I had posted a photo on same POV very recently, from 03/27/2010 .
Only a different seasson : yours has more green in it...
Beautifuly taken - well done.
dkmurphys (50378) 2010-05-02 23:56
nice pov of a great city.
aloyho (6798) 2010-05-03 2:24
Hi MB White,
This is the second time I open this pix and felt that I should write something. What attracted me is the composition, as while you included some branches in the foreground you made sure that it does not in any way disturb the nice view. I am also attracted by the special significance of this place - the mills. It gives that special character to the place and you portrayed it well here. If it is possible, maybe you can come back another day when there is a lovely sky and it should be even more dramatic. A lovely and attractive shot indeed!!!