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PRAGUE OLD TOWN SQUARE

Prague Old Town SquareThe Old Town Square Prague is indeed a traditional town square. It has many majestic buildings and two notable Churches.Church of our Lady of Tyn (in Czech, Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem) has very tall twin towers and is just off the Square itself.

The northern corner is the impressive Church of Saint Nicholas built in the 1730’s, it just dominates this part of Old Town Square Prague . Inside the Church, look at the dome, the chandeliers and furnishings. This Church holds concerts several times a week. It is also a handy place to buy your guide books, Prague souvenir Picture Books, etc but is only open until 4 pm.

 

Prague Astronomical ClockThe Prague Astronomical Clock is also Old Town Square. On the hour, every hour, it springs into action. In itself the “display” is not that spectacular (in comparison to the Anker Clock in Vienna or the 29th June display of the Clock in St Marks Square, Venice). Watch for the figure of Death, the appearance of Christ and the Twelve Apostles, etc. As a finale, the golden cock crows out.

 

Prague CityFind someone interested in Astronomy to explain the various dials on the Prague Astronomical Clock – it shows the time, the days of the year, the sun and moon (though placed as if the earth is the centre of the universe), the signs of the Zodiac, etc etc. It is truly a scientific marvel.

Finally, in the centre of the Old Town Square Prague is the massive monument to Jan Hus, a teacher more than 500 years ago. Inscribed on this statue is “Truth will Prevail.