Housing Blocks and Panelaky in the Jizni Mesto District

Housing blocks and panelaky characterize Jizni Mesto, a district of Prague where you will meet few tourists. But if you want to see where Praguers live and what kind of apartment buildings the Communists built, this district is interesting to visit during a stay in Prague. Jizni Mesto, Czech for South City, is a residential area in the southeast of Prague and consists of some 200 buildings in which about 100,000 people live. This ‘sidliste’ (suburb) was built in the 1970s and is the largest. Prague is surrounded by ‘sidliste’, all are self-contained and have their own shopping centre, schools, health care centres, theater, library, restaurants and pubs.

Photo: Krepskeho in Jizni Mesto just before renovation in 2006

housing blocks and panelaky

Housing Blocks and Panelaky

Housing blocks and panelaky characterize Jizni Mesto, a district of Prague where you will meet few tourists. But if you want to see where Praguers live and what kind of apartment buildings the Communists built, this district is interesting to visit during a stay in Prague. Jizni Mesto, Czech for South City, is a residential area in the southeast of Prague and consists of some 200 buildings in which about 100,000 people live. This ‘sidliste’ (suburb) was built in the 1970s and is the largest. Prague is surrounded by ‘sidliste’, all are self-contained and have their own shopping centre, schools, health care centres, theater, library, restaurants and pubs.

Photo: Housing block at Krepskeho in Jizni Mesto after renovation

housing blocks and panelaky

Residential Housing Blocks and Pastel Colours

In order not to make it too difficult for the residents to find their apartment, the architects used different styles of buildings. Although, when you walk around in this neighborhood, the buildings still look very similar. Originally all apartments were rental properties. Since the end of Communism in the Czech Republic, there are also many owner-occupied apartments. In Communist days, these apartment buildings looked dreary and grey. Nowadays the homeowners association ensures that the buildings are well maintained. Most flats have been or will be insulated and have double glazing. The inner walls are made soundproof as in the old days they were paper thin and residents could listen in to their neighbours’ radio and television programmes but also their The outside of the building also got a face lift and are now painted in pastel colours.

How to get there

If you want to visit the Jizni Mesto district, take metro line C to the terminus Haje. The metro exit is in the middle of Haje, the district’s shopping centre. Do not expect to see a modern shopping mall instead you will get a glimpse of what shopping was before the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Two metro stops before Haje, Chodov, will take you to a twenty-first century shopping centre. The contrast could not be greater.

Photos Marianne Crone and Wiki Commons

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