"Staromestska Radnice" Old-Town Hall Tip by Pieter11

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The biggest attraction at the Old Citysquare definitely is the Astronomical Clock that is attached to the City Hall (Staromestske Radnice). But let's pay attention to the building itself first...

The Old Cityhall actually is a collection of more buildings that were added together throughout the centuries. The first Town Hall at this point was built in 1355. In this year the city of Prague became the capital of the German Empire, and emperor Charles IV decided that the city deserved a decent Town Hall. This first version burned down later, but immediately there was built another one.

When the 4 communities of Prague united in 1784 the building was expended and finally got the current looks not much later. Parts that also belong to the Cityhall are the building at number 2, the so called "The Minute"house. Here you can see drawings that originally were made in the 17th century. At the so called "Kriz-house" you can see the weapon of Staro Mesto, the Old Town. In this weapon you can read "Praga Caput Regni" which is Latin for "Prague, capital of the Kingdom".

It's also possible to climb the tower of the City Hall, but I didn't. There are so many nice towers in Prague to climb that you really need to make some choises once in a while...

Address: Starometska radnice, Starometske namesti.
Directions: Old-Town Square
Phone: 420775400052
Website: http://www.staromestskaradnicepraha.cz/en/astronomical-clock

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  • Written Dec 13, 2005
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