Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary & Charlemagne

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Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary & Charlemagne information

Location
Prague , Czech Republic
Address
Ke Karlovu
Getting there
Tram: 6, 11 to Bělehradská or
Underground Rail: IP Pavlova
Opening hours
10am-5pm Mon-Sat
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At the southern end of Ke Karlovu is a little church with a big name, founded by Charles IV in 1350 and modelled on Charlemagne’s burial chapel in Aachen. In the 16th century it acquired its fabulous ribbed vault, the revolutionary unsupported span of which was attributed by some to witchcraft. From the terrace beyond the church you can see some of Nové Město’s original fortifications, and look out towards ancient Vyšehrad and the modern Nusle Bridge (Nuselský most), which vaults across the valley of the Botič creek, with six lanes of traffic on top and the metro inside.