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What Prague looked like in the 1990s – Street Scenes and Everyday Life

During the Velvet Revolution of 1989, student demonstrations flooded the streets of Prague after the riot police beat back a peaceful demonstration.

Following the Velvet Divorce in 1993, Prague became the capital of the new Czech Republic. In the late 1990s, Prague became an increasingly prominent cultural center of Europe and was heavily influenced by globalization. High-rise buildings began to be built in Prague in large quantities starting in 1995. For the first time since World War II, the stock market opened, and the city became a major tourist destination. Prague’s rebirth culminated in its designation as a European City of Culture in 2000.

Here are some stunning photos that will take you back to the 1990s Prague. Also, check, What Prague looked like in the 1980s.

#1 Painting by the Vltava River, Prague, 1995.

Painting by the Vltava River, Prague, 1995.

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#2 Wenceslas Square, Prague, 1995.

Wenceslas Square, Prague, 1995.

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#3 Michael Jackson arrives in Prague days before the first concert of his European ‘Kingdom’ tour, September 4, 1996, in Prague.

Michael Jackson arrives in Prague days before the first concert of his European 'Kingdom' tour, September 4, 1996, in Prague.

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#4 Queen Elizabeth II State Visit, Prague to the Czech Republic

Queen Elizabeth II State Visit, Prague to the Czech Republic

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#5 Fans of Michael Jackson in Prague in 1996

Fans of Michael Jackson in Prague in 1996

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#6 Charles Bridge on July 25, 1995 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Charles Bridge on July 25, 1995 in Prague, Czech Republic.

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#7 Old Town St Nicholas Church, Prague, 1995.

Old Town St Nicholas Church, Prague, 1995.

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#8 Along the Vltava river on May 14, 1995 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Along the Vltava river on May 14, 1995 in Prague, Czech Republic.

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#9 The dome of St. Nicholas Church in Prague, 1994

The dome of St. Nicholas Church in Prague, 1994

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#10 Ringier Pressehaus in Prag, 1993

Ringier Pressehaus in Prag, 1993

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#11 The Old Jewish Cemetery lies in the Josefov, the Jewish Quarter of Prague in the Czech Republic.

The Old Jewish Cemetery lies in the Josefov, the Jewish Quarter of Prague in the Czech Republic.

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#12 Wenceslas Square in Prague, 1992

Wenceslas Square in Prague, 1992

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#13 Street musician in Prague, 1992

Street musician in Prague, 1992

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#14 Anti for rally at town hall…eight models wore nothing much and three drag queens turned up to show their disgust.

Anti for rally at town hall...eight models wore nothing much and three drag queens turned up to show their disgust.

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#15 Mr Barbara Chobocky in Prague.

Mr Barbara Chobocky in Prague.

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#16 Director Michal Voracek in front of future Ringier Pressehaus in Prag, 1992

Director Michal Voracek in front of future Ringier Pressehaus in Prag, 1992

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#17 Near the old town square, Prague, 1990s

Near the old town square, Prague, 1990s

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#18 Old town hall, Prague, 1990s

Old town hall, Prague, 1990s

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#19 Old town square, Prague, 1990s

Old town square, Prague, 1990s

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#20 The old town, Prague, 1992

The old town, Prague, 1992

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#21 A horse and carriage rides through the Old Town Square in Prague.

A horse and carriage rides through the Old Town Square in Prague.

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#22 A tram in Prague, 1990s

A tram in Prague, 1990s

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#23 Zatecka Street, Prague, 1990s

Zatecka Street, Prague, 1990s

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#24 Diana, Princess of Wales, shakes hands with a well-wisher as she visits Wenceslas Square on May 6, 1991 in Prague.

Diana, Princess of Wales, shakes hands with a well-wisher as she visits Wenceslas Square on May 6, 1991 in Prague.

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#25 A musician plays on Charles Bridge in Prague in the shadow of the city’s castle and St Vitus Cathedral.

A musician plays on Charles Bridge in Prague in the shadow of the city's castle and St Vitus Cathedral.

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#26 Prague’s Wenceslas Square, where the communist government was toppled.

Prague's Wenceslas Square, where the communist government was toppled.

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#27 Voting in the parliamentary elections in Prague, 8th June 1990.

Voting in the parliamentary elections in Prague, 8th June 1990.

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#28 Busts of Communist leaders Vladimir Lenin and Klement Gottwald for sale in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1990.

Busts of Communist leaders Vladimir Lenin and Klement Gottwald for sale in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1990.

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#29 People queuing for bananas in Prague, 7th June 1990.

People queuing for bananas in Prague, 7th June 1990.

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#30 Voting in the parliamentary elections in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 7th June 1990.

Voting in the parliamentary elections in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 7th June 1990.

This is the first election in the country since the end of Communist rule in the Velvet Revolution.

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#31 A political rally in Prague, Czechoslovakia, during the first election since the Velvet Revolution, 6th June 1990.

A political rally in Prague, Czechoslovakia, during the first election since the Velvet Revolution, 6th June 1990.

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#32 Young women distributing the political newspaper ‘Forum’ in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 6th June 1990.

Young women distributing the political newspaper 'Forum' in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 6th June 1990.

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#33 People queuing at a clothing store in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 5th June 1990.

People queuing at a clothing store in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 5th June 1990.

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#34 People queuing at a clothing store in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 5th June 1990.

People queuing at a clothing store in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 5th June 1990.

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#35 The monument to Jan Hus in the Old Town Square in Prague, 1990

The monument to Jan Hus in the Old Town Square in Prague, 1990

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#36 People attending a political rally in Prague, Czech Republic, June 1990.

People attending a political rally in Prague, Czech Republic, June 1990.

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#37 People walking past a column showcasing political handouts, Prague, Czech Republic, June 1990.

People walking past a column showcasing political handouts, Prague, Czech Republic, June 1990.

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#38 A man watches billboards for a political campaign, Prague, Czech Republic, June 1990.

A man watches billboards for a political campaign, Prague, Czech Republic, June 1990.

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#39 The Moldau River And Charles Bridge In Prague, February 1990.

The Moldau River And Charles Bridge In Prague, February 1990.

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#40 Astronomical Clock at Old Town Square, Prague, 1998

Astronomical Clock at Old Town Square, Prague, 1998

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#41 Letna Stadium, home of Sparta Prague, 1990s

Letna Stadium, home of Sparta Prague, 1990s

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#42 Prague, 1990s

Prague, 1990s

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#43 Prague Bridges, 1996

Prague Bridges, 1996

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#44 Golden Lane on Hradčany, Kafka House, 1996

Golden Lane on Hradčany, Kafka House, 1996

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#45 Cobblestone Street in Prague, 1990s

Cobblestone Street in Prague, 1990s

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#46 CrThe Jagiellonian University, 1991.

CrThe Jagiellonian University, 1991.

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#47 Royal Motorcade in Prague, 1990s

Royal Motorcade in Prague, 1990s

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#48 Swans and a fishing boat on the Vltava River, Prague, 1990s

Swans and a fishing boat on the Vltava River, Prague, 1990s

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#49 Church of St. Nicholas designed by famous baroque architect K.I. Dientzenhofer

Church of St. Nicholas designed by famous baroque architect K.I. Dientzenhofer

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#50 Venceslas boulevard, Prague, 1991

Venceslas boulevard, Prague, 1991

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#51 Prague, 1990s

Prague, 1990s

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#52 A Soviet soldier carrying a tuba returns th his barracks in Frenstat, 350 kilometers east of Prague.

A Soviet soldier carrying a tuba returns th his barracks in Frenstat, 350 kilometers east of Prague.

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#53 Old Town Square, Prague, 1990

Old Town Square, Prague, 1990

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#54 Old Town Square, Saint Nicolas, Prague, 1990

Old Town Square, Saint Nicolas, Prague, 1990

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#55 Czech Republic, Prague, Old Town Square (staromestske Namesti), Town Hall, Prague, 1990

Czech Republic, Prague, Old Town Square (staromestske Namesti), Town Hall, Prague, 1990

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#56 Czech Republic, Prague, Charles Bridge, Mala Strana Bridge Towers.

Czech Republic, Prague, Charles Bridge, Mala Strana Bridge Towers.

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#57 Approaching Charles Bridge, Prague, 1995

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#58 Approaching Charles Bridge, Prague, 1995

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#59 Approaching Charles Bridge, Prague, 1995

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#60 Basement restaurant, Grand Hotel Europa, Wenceslas Square, Prague, 1995

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#61 Castle from Charles Bridge, Prague, 1995

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#62 Castle, Prague, 1995

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#63 Charles Bridge, Prague, 1995

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#64 Charles Bridge, Prague, 1995

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#65 Charles Bridge, Prague, 1995

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#66 Charles Bridge, Prague, 1995

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#67 Charles Bridge, Prague, 1995

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#68 Charles Bridge, Prague, 1995

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#69 Church of Our Lady before Týn, Old Town Square, Prague, 1995

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#70 From Charles Bridge, Prague, 1995

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#71 From Charles Bridge, Prague, 1995

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#72 From Charles Bridge, Prague, 1995

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#73 From the clock tower, Prague, 1995

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#74 Grand Hotel Europa, Wenceslas Square, Prague, 1995

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#75 Havelské tržiště market, Old Town, Prague, 1995

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#76 Jewish cemetery, Prague, 1995

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#77 Kožná, Old Town, Prague, 1995

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#78 Old Town Square, Prague, 1995

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#79 Old Town Square, Prague, 1995

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#80 Old Town Square, Prague, 1995

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#81 Old Town Square, Prague, 1995

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#82 Old Town Square, Prague, 1995

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#83 Old Town Square, Prague, 1995

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#84 Prague street scenes, 1995

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#85 St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague, 1995

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#86 Wenceslas Square, Prague, 1995

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#87 Old Town Square in Prague, 1990s

Old Town Square in Prague, 1990s

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#88 Insel Kampa in Prag, 1998

Insel Kampa in Prag, 1998

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