Peace Square (Náměstí Míru) is the centre of the Royal Vinohrady district and its important traffic junction. The neo-Gothic Church of St Ludmila with its two sixty-metre high towers dominates the square. The central part of the square is occupied by a park, where various markets are held throughout the year (at Christmas, Easter, etc.). Originally called Purkyně Square, it was later renamed Peace Square, as a symbol of the nation’s longing for peace. Peace Square is surrounded by several interesting buildings, such as the Art Nouveau Vinohrady Theatre and the neo-Renaissance National House of Vinohrady.
USEFUL INFORMATION FOR VISITORS
Address: náměstí Míru, Praha 2
GPS coordinates: 50.0758958N, 14.4371636E
PUBLIC TRANSPORT CONNECTIONS
The closest public transport stops near Peace Square:
- Náměstí Míru tram stop
- Náměstí Míru metro station (Line A – green line)
OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION
Peace Square is freely open to the public. An admission fee is required to tour some of the sights near the square.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PEACE SQUARE
The Church of St Ludmila is a brick three-nave basilica, built by architect Josef Mockner in the 19th century. Many prominent Czech artist, including Josef Václav Myslbek, participated in decorating the church interior. The remains of Czech saints St Ludmila and St Wenceslas are deposited in the church. The building was closed to the public due to the reconstruction of Prague’s metro for almost 20 years, but it is freely accessible today. Markets are regularly held in front of the Church – the Christmas Market usually starts on 20th November and lasts until 24th December.
PEACE SQUARE AND NEARBY HISTORICAL SIGHTS
When visiting Peace Square, there are plenty of other interesting sights nearby to explore, including the National House of Vinohrady, the Vinohrady Theatre, the Church of St Ludmila, the Vinohrady Water Tower, the Vinohrady Market Hall, Rieger Gardens, Wenceslas Square, Farmers’ Markets on Tyl Square, the Czech Radio Building, Kotěra Villa, Grébovka Park and many others.