One of the historical sights located in the city of Prague, the Powder Tower seems to be open on all seven days of the week, for at least 8-10 hours. A unique and detailed structure, this tower is a Prague attraction that goes back to the 11th century. Purportedly, the tower’s gate was the first component that was being worked on. The Powder Tower looks rather sooty, which makes it look old. One would assume that this sooty effect comes from the storage of gunpowder, dating back to its early days. Initially known as the New Tower, the Powder Tower is known by its current name, thanks to this storage detail from its past. However, those who are keen on learning about the history of the Powder Tower must know that this tower was originally planned to be a fancy and was supposed to be an admirable entrance only. Despite being a defensive structure, the tower did manage to fulfil its job, being one of the thirteen entrances to the Old Town of the Prague city.
Vladislav II of Wallachia, is said to be the entity who placed the foundation stone of the Powder Tower. The Powder Tower saw damage, during the legendary Battle of Prague. This destruction saw to the replacement of the sculptures of the tower, which was made during the late 1800s.
The structure that stands today was modelled and structured, starting from the year 1475. Architecture experts and historians agree that the modelling was based on the much older Old Town Bridge Tower’s design. Just about anyone, locals and visitors alike, could climb up the 186 steps and reach the top, achieving the chance to relish a breathtaking view of the Old Town.
To get to this destination, all you need to do is get on a metro from line B, from the Namesti Republiky station. Otherwise, you could also get onto tram number 5, 8, 24, 26, 51, 54 or 56 from the exact same station. Located in Prague 1, the Powder Tower could be your next stop if you are visiting the Czech Republic and harbor a zest for gunpowder. It is an impressive architecture and a great skyline.
Posted on: 2015-05-10