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Tunnels Near Malostranske Namesti, Prague, CZ, 2008

Tunnels Near Malostranske Namesti, Prague, CZ, 2008
These three tunnels connect Malostranske Namesti, home to the Czech Parliament and St. Nicholas's Church, where Mozart used to perform, with the area around the Malostranska Metro/tram stop. I'm not sure over how many years these were constructed, but as you can see each has its own unique design. The tunnel on the left is for the tram traffic, and is partly supported at the entrance by buttresses, the tunnel in the center, the simplest of the three, is for auto traffic, and the tunnel on the right, with its traditional arched design, is for pedestrians. It isn't clear from the signage which one is for bikes, but on organized bike rides that I've been on, the police have directed us through the auto tunnel. Normally, though, I wouldn't do this, since in Prague you can walk a bike on pedestrian paths, so I just wouldn't ride through here in that case. My only real regret about this photo is that I didn't manage to get a tram emerging from the tunnel. Maybe some other time....

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