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The Hotel U Prince is located directly on Old Town Square, the heart of Prague for more than a thousand years. A large market was located here which, because of its position lying 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, taking the name of the castle towering over the Vltava River – Prague. It is in this era that the beginnings of U Prince belong, but 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 preserved original, valuable constructional elements, including stone portals and Gothic wells. The carefully reconstructed Baroque façade of the Hotel U Prince is from the first half of the 18th-century. The sculpture of St. Florian on the corner of the building also descends from this era, a work of the renowned Baroque sculptor Ignác F. Platzer, and has become an emblem of our hotel.
As far as the history of the building, we know that in the 15th and 16th century 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 floor of the U Prince was given over to a bookstore, and in the 20th century, its tradition as a restaurant and pub began.