Square Of The Curies

Square of the Curies, the former Janské Square is a public square located on the right bank of the Vltava  river in the Old Town district Praha between Pařížská Street, the waterfront Na Františku and Dušní Street. In 1960, the square was named after the Nobel Prize Winners in Chemistry - the Curies (Marie Curie- Sklodowska and Frédéric Joliot-Curie).

Across the square there is a tram line leading  from Palach Square via the 17th November Street November. At the end of the Pařížská street, the track turns north towards Čechův Bridge. The eastern part of the square in front of the Intercontinental hotel has landscaped form.

The legend says it is the place where the dead body of St. John of Nepomuk was fished out from the river in 1393.  Later there used to stand his sculpture with a beggar by Maxmilián Brokof, today this work is situated  in front of the church of St.Spirit. The riverfront is the main attraction in the vicinity of the square and perhaps the luxurious boutiques in the nearby Pařížská Street are worth at least window shopping.

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