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The Lesser Town (Mala Strana), also known as the Lesser Quarter, clusters around the foothills of Prague Castle, across the river from the Old Town.
The Lesser Town started life in the 8th century as a market settlement. In 1257 Premysl Otakar II granted it town status and in 1360-1362 fortifications were built by order of Charles IV. This has been known for centuries as the Hladova Zed, built, it is believed, to give employment to the poor during a period of famine.
The Lesser Town was devastated twice: first during a battle between the Hussites and the Prague Castle garrison in 1419, and then in the Great Fire of Prague in 1514. Renaissance buildings and palaces replaced the destroyed houses.

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