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Things to See in the Old Town Square in Prague

Updated on July 15, 2016
Astronomical Clock at the Prague Town Hall
Astronomical Clock at the Prague Town Hall | Source
Our Lady Before Tyn Church
Our Lady Before Tyn Church | Source
Jan Hus Monument in Prague Town Square
Jan Hus Monument in Prague Town Square | Source

There's Much to See

Prague is reputably one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe. Its beauty was preserved during World War II, as the Germans skipped out on bombing its many treasures. One of the best places to visit while in Prague is the square. Many European towns and cities include a town square. Most of these squares have some interesting structures and/or monuments that tourists can enjoy. Prague is definitely no different.

One of the impressive structures that visitors can see in the Prague square is an astronomical clock at the town hall building. This clock at the Old Town Hall goes off, well, like clockwork every hour. People begin to crowd around the structure by the hundreds as each new hour nears. Every time the clock goes off, medieval-looking figures (actually the 12 apostles) begin twirling around in open doors above the clock. Also, a skeleton symbolizing death and other figures adorn the outside of the clock.

Directly across from the Old Town Hall is Our Lady before Tyn Cathedral, which is an imposing Gothic structure. The church is visible from much of Prague, with its two massive spires that rise above the surrounding buildings. One of the most famous astronomers in history, Tycho Brahe, is buried in the church.

Included in the very center of the square is a statue dedicated to the memory of Jan Hus, who was burned at the stake by Catholic authorities in the early fifteenth century. Czechs now consider Hus one of their leading national heroes, in spite of the fact that many Czechs are officially non-religious. Hus' church, the Bethlehem Chapel is just a short walk from the Old Town Square. The statue is not quite as old as the Old Town Hall or Our Lady before Tyn, but it is a quite prominent landmark in the square. The Jan Hus monument was revealed on the 500th anniversary of Hus' burning at the stake by the church, and it faces the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, which was the major Hussite church in Prague for about 200 years.

When visiting Prague, it is imperative that you visit the Old Town Square. This article mentions just 3 of the major landmarks in this region of the town. There are also many shops and restaurants in which tourists will be sure to drop a few dollars, pounds, euros, or yen. These shops have lots of gift items that friends and family are sure to like upon your return. They might not be the best buy, however, as shops off the beaten path might have some better pricing.

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      cprice75 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the comment, Natasha. I want to go back myself. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Nice! I love how you got s lot of information and some cool pictures in a fairly compact hub. I want to visit there some day, for sure.

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      cprice75 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for stopping by and the comment. I really enjoyed Prague, obviously. Unfortunately, I don't have much to compare it with when it comes to European visits. I had a couple of layovers of about 10 hours in London, but this makes up my entire European experience. I want to go back to both and check out some others, maybe Paris, Rome, Berlin? You might want to check out my piece on Bethlehem Chapel, as well.

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      Poetic Fool 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great hub on Prague. Your comment about how ancient Prague is reminded me of when last I was last there. We were staying in a dorm that had been converted to a hostel. Out the window I could see a very interesting old church, the kind that had the dead entombed in the walls. I though surely this would have a nice write up in my Baedeker's guide so I went looking. At 275 years old, it barely rated a couple of lines in Baedeker's yet it was older than the USA!

      As I understand it, the foundations of Prague Castle were first laid in the 900's. Yeah, people in the US have no idea of what old is! Of course, the Greeks and the Egyptians think Prague is new! Regardless, it is a stunningly beautiful city. My favorite in all of Europe.

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      cprice75 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the comment. Prague was definitely one of the most interesting cities that I have ever visited. So much left from centuries before. Here in the US, if something is 200 years old, people are impressed. Prague began as a city about 1,000 years ago from what I heard while there. That's a big difference. It was definitely an enjoyable visit. Thanks again for checking out my pages.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great Hub and wonderful pictures. I have never had the pleasure of visiting Prague, but a colleague of mine manages to put together some sort of educational experience for students so that every other summer she "has" to go to Prague. She comes home with gorgeous photographs and wonderful stories every time. :) SHARING