The office of the Prague Segway Tours and its meeting point is placed on one of the most picturesque Prague square – MALTESE SQUARE. The Maltese Square takes its name from the Priory of the Knights of Malta, which used to occupy this part of the Little Quarter. At the northern end stands a group of sculptures featuring St John the Baptist by Ferdinand Brokopf – part of a fountain to mark the end of a plaque epidemic.
Most of the buildings were originally Renaissance houses belonging to prosperous town people but in the 17th and 18th centuries the Little Quarter was taken over by the Catholic nobility and many were converted to flamboyant Baroque palaces. The largest palace is Nostitz Palace (part of the palace now houses the Dutch embassy) – in summer, concerts are given at the Palace. The Japanese embassy is housed – right next to your Prague Segway point – in the Turba Palace (1767), an attractive pink Rococo building designed by Joseph Jaeger.