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Doors of the past: Kartouzská brána (The Carthusian Gate) at Újezd

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The Carthusian Gate is a defunct Prague building named after the Carthusian monastery of the Virgin Mary in Smíchov. Due to its location in Újezd, it was also called the Újezd Gate. 

The first Újezd ​​Gate stood in today’s Karmelitská Street during the reign of Charles IV, but at that time Carmelite gate was very narrow, so it was not a gateway in the true sense of the word, but rather a kind of passage. The Carthusian Gate stood at the end of the Hungry Wall in a street called nowadays Újezd [Google Maps]. I was built in 1551 in the Renaissance style and rebuilt in the Baroque style in 1693 by the builder Jan Pánek. The gate itself had a single arch and stood until 1860, when it was no longer large enough for increasing traffic.

In 1862, due to insufficient capacity, a new larger neo-Gothic Újezd gate with three openings was walled up and built next to the original one. However, it was also demolished 30 years later and numerous remnants of the original fortifications and both gates have been preserved in the basements of some houses in that area. 

Later walled up and was named after Francis Joseph I. On the Újezd ​​side was the year 1862 written in Roman numerals and the imperial crown. In less than 30 years, after the provincial jubilee exhibition in 189, it was demolished.


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