Feb 17, 2024

Jiřího z Poděbrad Square Revitalization Starts with Symbolic Stone

The foundation stone for the complete transformation of Jiřího z Poděbrad Square was ceremoniously laid yesterday, February 16th, marking a momentous occasion for the beloved Prague landmark.

“Jiřího z Poděbrad Square is one of Prague’s crown jewels. I’m thrilled that after years of piecemeal changes, it’s finally getting the quality public space it deserves,” said Deputy Mayor Petr Hlaváček.

“The new design reflects the input of local residents who participated in public meetings,” he added. “The square will become greener and more pleasant, with 100 new trees – including sycamores, maples, hornbeams, elms, oaks, lindens – and water-retaining paving to combat climate change.”

Work began in January with fencing and preparations. The revitalization plans include landscaping the church area, enhancing pedestrian walkways, and adding greenery.

The 33-month project will preserve cultural events and the traditional farmers’ market, which will relocate within the square depending on construction phases.

The foundation stone, laid on February 16th, 2024, was sourced from the Third Courtyard of Prague Castle. This gesture honors architect and urban planner Jože Plečnik (1872–1957), appointed by the first president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk for the modification of the castle complex.

Plečnik was a devout believer. One of his most remarkable works is indeed the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord in Jiřího z Poděbrad Square.

Additional benefits include expanded play areas for children, modern drinking fountains, and a revitalized fountain with improved technology.

Late last year, the adjacent JzP metro station was reopened after a two-year closure, underlining the city’s desire to upgrade the current area.

 

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