Decoding the Urban Plan of the City of Pilsen (Plzen)


  • Nikolaos Ragkos University of Hradec Králové



solar alignments, churches, urban plan, thirteenth century, western Bohemia


The historic centre of the city of Pilsen in western Bohemia, today a region of the Czech Republic, was constructed at the end of the thirteenth century, at a time when Gothic architecture was universal across most of western and central Europe. The Gothic style had emerged and developed during an era when social and economic changes were favouring the development of new urban settlements, and when the translation of ancient Greek natural philosophy, including astronomy, was giving rise to a new intellectual movement. This revival of the natural sciences was inevitably bound up with the Roman Catholic Church, since much of this knowledge had been preserved within monastic institutions and was now being used by theologians/natural philosophers who wanted to apply reason to theology. This paper’s analysis of the urban plan of the historic centre of Pilsen is an attempt to investigate the possible influence that the science of astronomy had on architectural thought and creativity in western Bohemia, and how this was represented in the light of scientific advancement.


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Nikolaos Ragkos, University of Hradec Králové

PhD Student University of Hradec Králové, Philosophical Faculty, Department of History


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Ragkos, N. . (2021). Decoding the Urban Plan of the City of Pilsen (Plzen). Journal of Skyscape Archaeology, 7(1), 95–113.



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