Prague – Powder Gate

Like many old cities, the entrance to Prague was limited with gates to control the flow of visitors.  One of the city’s gates sits at the same location where you can find the Powder Gate.  This beautiful structure was built in 1475, but due to the king’s relocation, the completion was postponed for years.  It was actually finished in 1886. Incredible!  The style is deeply influenced by one of the towers at the end of the Charles Bridge.

From its name, I guess it is not a surprise to learn that the tower was used to store gunpowder. This landmark was the official starting point for the king to reach the castle and the St.Vitus Cathedral for official ceremonies such as coronations.

The tower also has a viewing deck, but since we had visited Henry’s Tower, we passed on this one.