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Kampa Island

Prague, Czech Republic
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Kampa is an island on the Vltava river in Prague on the side of the Lesser Quarter (Malá Strana) from which it is separated by the Devil's Stream, a narrow artificial channel in the past used to power water mills. Kampa was first mentioned in 1169 where we can find its name in the foundation document of the nearby Maltese Church. After the big fire in the Lesser Quarter in 1541 the rubble from the ruins was used to reinforce the banks. This was mainly to protect the houses at Kampa against floods. For centuries Kampa has been know namely for its gardens and mills. The Devil’s Stream was used for millrace and there are still three old mills that can be seen from the island, however, none of them serves its original... Read More
Kampa is an island on the Vltava river in Prague on the side of the Lesser Quarter (Malá Strana) from which it is separated by the Devil's Stream, a narrow artificial channel in the past used to power water mills. Kampa was first mentioned in 1169 where we can find its name in the foundation document of the nearby Maltese Church. After the big fire in the Lesser Quarter in 1541 the rubble from the ruins was used to reinforce the banks. This was mainly to protect the houses at Kampa against floods. For centuries Kampa has been know namely for its gardens and mills. The Devil’s Stream was used for millrace and there are still three old mills that can be seen from the island, however, none of them serves its original purpose anymore.
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