Photographer's Note

This is the Powder Gate in central Prague. It is adjacent to the Municipal House at right. After a couple of day's rain in Bavaria it was nice to see a blue sky. From obecni-dum website: "The adjacent Powder Gate, a unique fragment of Prague’s Old Town fortifications dating from the Gothic period, recalls the times when an important trade route arrived at this point. This was probably only one of many reasons why King Wenceslas IV. decided in the late 14th century to establish his residence in this area, beside the fortification walls. The residence was given the name King’s Court.

The site also served Bohemian rulers during the unsettled times of the Hussite revolution, and was finally abandoned only when Vladislav II of the Jagellon dynasty left the place and moved back to Prague Castle. As late as 1475 however, King Vladislav personally laid a foundation stone for a new gate that was to be built in the fortification wall to replace the previous one which was so run­down it had been nicknamed the ”Ragged Gate”.

The Habsburgs who began their reign in Bohemia in 1526 were no longer interested in the King’s Court and left the former royal residence unoccupied. The empty and deteriorating palace was purchased in 1631 by Cardinal Arnost Harrach from Polyxena of Lobkowitz, who established an archiepiscopal seminary there. Following a fire in 1689 the complex was rebuilt and remodelled, and St. Vojtech’s Church was added.
At that time the gate was used as a storage place for gun­powder and that’s how it later got its name the Powder Gate or Powder Tower." It is actually both because the arch is a gate through to the old square.

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13635 W: 1026 N: 26789] (129138)
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