The Hunger Wall is a part of the preserved Prague fortifications beginning at Újezd and stretching uphill to Petřín and further through the Strahov Monastery to Hradčany. This wall is an iconic monument of Petřín Hill. But why was it built and why is it called Hunger?
The Hunger Wall, originally called Zubatá, was built between 1360 and 1362 by King Charles IV. Legend has it that this was to secure work and thus the livelihood of the poor in Prague, due to the ongoing famine. However, this legend is not true, because the famine did not come until 1361, when work was already in full swing. The construction of the wall was planned as part of the strategic defense of the Lesser Town of Prague and Prague Castle from the south and west.