Prague Streets – Klarov

Prague Streets – Klárov

Klárov is not just a street, it’s an area and today although it’s just a little park its importance to the history of Prague cannot go unrecognised. If you find the Malostranska Metro station on a map then the road directly in front of it is Klárov. It extends up the hill to the border with the Old Castle Steps and at the other end as far as Manes Bridge.

prague street sign klarov
Prague Streets – Klárov

This is actually the oldest known inhabited area on this side of the river. A Roman settlement was recorded here and for probably the same reason as others found later. This area of Prague was fairly shallow due to the build-up of sand on the bend in the river and hence the village here became known as Pisek (sand). This was the location of a river ford later known as the Kaprova Ford and a ferry boat.

A man called Professor Alois Klár had opened the Klárov Institute for the Blind in the Kampa area very close to today’s John Lennon Wall back in 1832 but that location was already becoming too small so the year before he died he bought land at the present-day Klárov 131/3. It was his son Pavel who built the new Institute between 1836-44 and his grandson Rudolf who added an extension in 1885. Actually the full title was the Klárov Institute for the Care and Employment of Adult Blind People. This building still has National Protected status and is also under UNESCO Cultural Protection. Currently it is the home of the Prague Institute of Geology.

the prague lesser town building formerly the Klárov Institute for the Care and Employment of Adult Blind People
The former Klárov Institute for the Care and Employment of Adult Blind People

Maps show that it officially takes the name Klárov Street from 1909.

Weird Trivia

In 1812 this part of the street was called “Bruska”, a reference to the nearby inland stream called the Brusnice. By 1842 it received the short-lived name ‘Ship’s Place” and by 1869 it had gone back to the “street under the Brusnice” which stayed until its most recent name

50 metres away from Klárov where the row of buildings is located is a street called U železné lávky. This translates as “At the Place of the Iron Bridge”. This is a historical reference to a pedestrian iron footbridge built in 1868 called “Rudolf’s Footbridge” which ran from the other side of the river at today’s Jan Palach Square to the end of this road.

Klárov Street terminates at the Old Castle Steps because historically there was no road up the hill until the 17th Century but Klárov did connect to Prague Castle via a road at the rear of the steps called Na Opysi.

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