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Climb the 186 steps of this dark Gothic tower for an impressive view.

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Powder Tower

Keep your powder dry at another impressive Prague icon.

Known in Czech as the Prašná Brana, this dark stone Gothic gem at one of the entrances to Prague's Old Town can lay claim to being one of the Czech Republic's most famous towers. Overseen by Matěj Rejsek, its construction dates back to 1475, though was rebuilt in the 19th century. Originally intended to be an entrance to the city, it got the name Powder Tower from a 17th-century stint as a gunpowder depot. Sixty-five metres (213 feet) tall, it's adorned with statues of rulers of Bohemia as well as religious figures, coats of arms, and heraldic symbols. You can enjoy some nice views from the gallery if you're willing to climb 186 steps; check opening hours at http://en.muzeumprahy.cz.



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