Melantrichova street

Melantrichova is one of Prague’s oldest and picturesque thoroughfares, and by happy coincidence is also one of the city’s main tourist routes. Visitors walking from Wenceslas Square to Old Town Square pass through the street, emerging on Old Town Square opposite the Old Town Hall.

Buildings to look out for include the blue and yellow At the Golden Jug (U zlaté konvice) house, at the junction of Melantrichova and Old Town Square. The former burgher’s house has a medieval cellar, which is now a restaurant. Before you reach it, there are striking views of the narrow street, framed by arches between the buildings, against the backdrop of the Old Town Hall Tower.

Further on, in the direction of Wenceslas Square is the former Servite monastery, including St Michael’s Church (now closed), where medieval reformer Jan Hus once preached. The courtyard gives access to Michalská Street and is part of a maze of twisting alleys in this part of town. Further on, no. 11 is an imposing Renaissance house with elaborate gables.

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