The birth house of Karolina Světlá

Architect: is not known

Year of completion: renaissance, baroque reconstruction in the 1st quarter of the 18th century

Karolína Světlá was one of the most famous Czech writers and a significant feminist. In her works, she focused on social issues, moral values, and the position of women in society. She wrote several works set in the Prague bourgeois environment. Still, she achieved success mainly with those set in rural areas, where she emphasized the rural people and strong, moral female characters. In 1865, she co-founded the American Ladies’ Club with Vojtěch Náprstek, which became an educational and cultural center for women. With Eliška Krásnohorská, she established the Czech Women’s Production Association in 1871 and led the Women’s Journal for many years. She spent most of her life in Prague on Smečkách Street and later in the house of U Kamenného stolu (at the corner of Karlovo náměstí and Ječná Street).

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Her birth and childhood years, however, are associated with a small three-story house known as U Tří králů or U Bílého preclíku. It was initially a Renaissance terraced house reconstructed into a Baroque style in the early 18th century. After World War II, a memorial plaque commemorating the famous writer was added to the house. The plaque was created by the sculptor Marta Jirásková.
Karoliny Světlé 22, 110 00 110 00 Praha 1 – Staré Město
Karoliny Světlé 22, 110 00 110 00 Praha 1 – Staré Město

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