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The Hotel U Prince structure has been ensconced directly on Old Town Square in the heart of Prague for more than a thousand years. A large market was once located here which, because of its position situated along one of Europe's most important commercial routes, also attracted foreign buyers for trading. The original settlement in the area of the market did not become an actual town until the 12th century, possessing the name of the castle towering over the Vltava River – Prague. It is from this era that the inception of U Prince belongs, however, in the past it was also known as U Zlatého Anděla or U Černého Anděla.
The rear portion of the building abuts the original Romanesque building of the former St. Michael's Church, where Jan Hus preached at the beginning of the 15th century. The Hotel U Prince was originally a showpiece house, which was reconstructed in the past. Right up to the present, its walls have been originally preserved with valuable constructional elements, including stone portals and Gothic wells. The carefully reconstructed Baroque façade of the Hotel U Prince stems from the first half of the 18th-century.
The corner building sculpture of St. Florian, the work of the renowned Baroque sculptor Ignac F. Platzer, also descends from this era and has become an emblem of our hotel.
Regarding the history of the building, we know that during the 15th and 16th centuries, there was a pharmacy here, similar to those in neighboring Malé Square, the site of pharmaceutical activity in the Middle Ages. In the mid-19th century, the ground level of U Prince was acquired by a bookstore, and in the 20th century, its legacy as a restaurant and pub began.