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Žižkov

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Žižkov is a cadastral district of Prague, Czech Republic. Most of Žižkov lies in the municipal and administrative district of Prague 3, except for very small parts which are in Prague 8 and Prague 10. Prior to 1922, Žižkov was an independent city. The district is named after Hussite military leader Jan Žižka. It is situated south of Vitkov hill, site of the Battle of Vitkov Hill on 14 July 1420, where Žižka's peasant army decisively defeated the forces of Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor.
General character of the neighborhood
Žižkov was historically a working-class district, and was sometimes referred to as "Red Žižkov", because so many of its inhabitants supported left-wing parties. Before World War II, it had a reputation as a rough area. This reputation spread across the whole former Czechoslovakia and it was still possible to trace it amongst the people many decades later. The Žižkovians were very proud of their bad reputation and up to this day they tend to refer to their neighbourhood as the "The free republic of Žižkov". This sentiment was very often a source of inspiration for novelists or film makers. This was captured in a humorous novel by Vlastimil Rada and Jaroslav Žák, Z tajností žižkovského podsvětí ("Secrets of the Žižkov Underground"), and in a 1985 film by Ivo Novák, Fešák Hubert. Like many districts of the city, Žižkov today is socioeconomically diverse. It is undergoing a renewal, with many older buildings being reconstructed and restored. New fashionable cafes and restaurants are appearing and property prices are increasing rapidly. Žižkov is said to have the highest number of pubs per capita of any city district in Europe, with more than 300. The Palac Akropolis is recognized as a center of cultural events in the area. Two of Prague's most-visible landmarks are in Žižkov: the National Monument, with its giant statue of Jan Žižka on horseback (by Bohumil Kafka, it is the third largest equestrian statue in the world); and the 216 meter-high Žižkov Television Tower, Prague's tallest structure. The very large Olšany Cemetery also takes up much of the district. The adjacent New Jewish Cemetery, one of two historic Jewish burial places in the district (the other being the Žižkov Cemetery next to the Žižkov Tower), contains the grave of Czech-German writer Franz Kafka. On Churchill Square, near the main railway station, is the Prague University of Economics, the General Pension Establishment, dating from 1934 and designed by Havlíček and Honzík and the Churchill Statue. Žižkov also contains several beautiful parks. Among the most popular include the Holy Cross Hill, Vitkov, the park at the Židovských furnace, and the newly renovated Paradise Garden. Prague's biggest Carnival celebration (called Masopust in Czech) is annually held in Žižkov. It, and the wine harvest festival, attract tens of thousands of visitors each year. Žižkov is served by many tram and bus routes. The southern parts of Žižkov are served by Jiřího z Poděbrad...   ... (English)
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Prague tram at Biskupcova halt
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Pont Saint Charles
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sight of Holešovice
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