The King's Road
Welcome to the King's Road, the same path that Bohemian kings have been walking for centuries on their coronation route.
My name is Shawn Basey, an American writer and musician who has been living in Prague for the past three years and counting. I moved here as a lover of history, architecture, and beer. Today I'll be sharing that with you, telling you some of the folk tales that fill this town, and how things have changed since the good old days. You'll learn about the history of Prague and some new things only the locals know.
You should be standing in Namesti Republic, one of the main squares in town, facing the Palladium, a big shopping mall in Prague. The building used to house military barracks – the Josef Barracks – and the front facade is a restoration of the original. During excavations while they were building the shopping center, they uncovered a lot of medieval ruins. You can find photographs of the excavations on the lowest floor.
On the right side of the Palladium, you'll see a small church. That is St. Joseph's, which was connected to a Capuchin monastery founded by Ferdinand II. You'll notice that it's a fairly plain church for Europe, and that's because the Capuchins are a very austere order in the Catholic Church and don't care for all the usual fancy stuff. Built inside the church walls are two cannonballs, which remind us of the Siege of Prague by the Prussians in 1757.
Before we get going, make a quick note of the left side of the Palladium. There is a great place to exchange money there, so you might do that now before continuing on or at least remember this location for later on – it's very easy to get ripped off at exchange places in Prague.
Now, with the Palladium on your left, walk straight ahead. When the tram tracks turn left, don't follow them, but just keep going to that green roofed building ahead and on the right. You can put your phone away now, and just listen to me for directions. It's only necessary to look at the map on your phone if you get lost.