A unique archeological find in Prague’s Old Town.

Archaeologists in Prague have found a preserved gate, an important section of the medieval wall surrounding the Old Town. The gate dates back to the 13th Century, and illustrates the wall’s layout, position, and torsion. This information gives more insight into the construction of the wall.

Archeological site of the gate Photo by Martin Frouz Source:
Archeological site of the gate
Photo by Martin Frouz
Source: Pražský Patriot

The gate was called St. Valentina, which was determined from written sources, according to an article published by Česká Televize.

The section of wall was preserved for more than 26 meters in length. The segment is up to 1.9 meters thick, and is preserved up to almost 2 meters high, according to the same article. Found underneath the historical house “Na Kocandě,” the wall runs alongside the Vltava river bank. It was discovered during the reconstruction efforts on the house.

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Despite the new findings in terms of the walls construction style and layout, any new pieces of wall are an important find. While a significant amount of the wall still exists today, standing alone or making up a part of a building, much of the wall exists beneath Prague’s cobble-stoned streets. Consequently, determining the exact appearance of the gate is difficult, although it is possible to get an idea through written accounts, according to the same article.

Built under the rule of Wenceslaus I, the wall surrounded the Old Town. Construction on the wall started in 1232 and was completed in 1234. The walls were built to protect the city against a Tartar invasion, and were accompanied by a moat, according to Královská Cesta. You can read more about Prague’s medieval history here.