Marking the entry into Prague's historical old town, Powder Tower is one of the original city gates. Constructed in 1475 and intended for ceremonial rather than defensive purposes, the tower played a major role during the coronation parades of kings of Bohemia. Royalty continued to pass through this gate on their way to coronation ceremonies until the 17th century, when the tower became a major gunpowder depository (hence the name). Restored in the middle of the 19th century by architect Josef Mocker, the tower bears statues of several Bohemian kings and symbols of territories that they controlled. For sweeping views over the old town, visit the tower's 44 m (144 ft) high gallery. Arrange to visit Powder Tower and other attractions in Prague using our Prague trip itinerary builder tool.
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Powder Tower reviews
The construction of this Gothic tower began in 1475. It has served as a gunpowder store. Also during the coronation procession of Czech kings, they entered the Old Town through this. The Powder... more »
An old tower with beautiful architecture (there is another tower with similar architecture in Prague, the Old Town Bridge Tower). The gate at its base was one of the entry points to the medieval... more »
As a building which separate the old town and the new town, I find it fascinating. 1. The reason why it called The Powder Tower is because this tower used to store gunpowder. (You will know it if you visit it) 2. You can compare the old town and the new town once you reach the top. The scenery is stunning and picturesque. 3. Don't be astounded because of the stairs, it is a thousand times worth it.
Great views! The walk up the stairs is a bit precarious, being narrow and steep. Note: Enter at base, climb to first level to buy tickets. Climb to next level to present your ticket. Then climb to the top. People climb up as others climb down. Super tight. The views are worth the climb. 100CR per person.
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