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The main square of west Vinohrady is "Náměstí Míru" (Peace Square) with Prague 2 town hall, Vinohrady Theater, Gothic Revival Saint Ludmila Church (Josef Mocker, 1892) and a station of A metro line.

This is a pleasant square dominated by the Church of St. Ludmila. In front of the church is a large, nicely landscaped central area with many benches where locals like to sit and chat, read or watch their kids or dogs play. This is also where the Christmas market takes place in December and where occasional events and live band performances are held.

Visitors to Náměstí Míru will likely first notice the massive Neo-Gothic Church of Saint Ludmila, which dominates the skyline. The two-towered basilica was constructed from 1888-1893 and features the craftsmanship of many of the renowned Czech artists of that time, including sculptor Josef Václav Myslbek, sculptor of the statue of St. Wenceslas that stands tall over Wenceslas Square in front of the Czech National Museum.

 

Church of St. Ludmila

The Church of St. Ludmila (Czech: Kostel svaté Ludmily) is a neo-Gothic Roman Catholic church at Náměstí Míru (Peace Square) in Prague's Vinohrady, built on plans of Josef Mocker in 1888–1892. It is named in honor of St. Ludmila of Bohemia.

It is a brick-made three-aisle basilica with a transversal nave in the shape of the cross. The church front features two 60m-high towers with bells and the tall gable with portal above the main entrance with sculptures. The interior of the temple excels in a rich color windows, paintings and sculptures on which participated national artists Josef Václav Myslbek, Josef Čapek and František Ženíšek.

The church was closed due to Metro construction and later for reconstruction in 1974–1992.

 

Náměstí Míru (Prague Metro)

Náměstí Míru (Czech pronunciation: [ˈnaːmɲɛsciː ˈmiːrʊ], English: Peace Square) is a Prague Metro station on Line A. It is located in Vinohrady district under Korunní Street and has one exit through an escalator tunnel with a sub-surface vestibule under the plaza of the same name. The exit of the metro station is in the immediate vicinity of the Church of St. Ludmila and Vinohrady Theater. The station was completed along with the first section of Line A in 1978 and served as a terminus for some time until the extension of Line A to Želivského station in 1980. The station is named after the Náměstí Míru square (cs) town square where it is located.

Náměstí Míru is the deepest station of the Prague Metro and of the European Union, too. Its platform is situated 53 meters below surface. As a consequence the station is equipped with the longest escalators in European Union (length 87 m, vertical span 43.5 m, 533 steps, taking 2 minutes and 15 seconds to ascend or descend without walking). Náměstí Míru, however, is not the deepest point within the Prague Metro network; this record belongs to the tunnel between Hradčanská and Malostranská stations (68 m below surface).

In the central part of Vinohrady near Vinohradská street, there lies "náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad" (George of Poděbrady Square) with a modern "Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord" by Jože Plečnik built in 1932.

The main east-west avenue of Vinohrady is Vinohradská Avenue leading from Wenceslas Square to Žižkov and Strašnice. Along this street stand headquarter building of Czech Radio, old Vinohrady Market Hall and Vinohrady Water Tower and several stations of Prague Metro Line A (Náměstí Míru, Jiřího z Poděbrad, Flora, Želivského). Parallel to Vinohradská street, there is Slezská street, Korunní street (from Peace Square to Flora) and Francouzská street (from Peace Square to Vršovice]. In the east part of Vinohrady near Strašnice are situated the large Královské Vinohrady Teaching Hospital and Vinohrady Cemeteries.

Náměstí Míru was the terminus in August 2002 due to flooding.

 

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