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Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Prague: 134 reviews and 222 photos

   
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  • Church of Our lady Before Tyn (5 photos) - Prague
  • Church of Our lady Before Tyn (5 photos) - Prague
  • Church of Our lady Before Tyn (5 photos) - Prague
  • Church of Our lady Before Tyn (5 photos) - Prague
  • From anwhere in the Old Town, the spires over see. - Prague
      From anwhere in the Old Town, the spires over see.
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This dominant Old Town landmark towers over one side of the Old Town Square and its towers are visible from all over Prague. A church and hospital were present on this site as early as 1135. It became a parish church in the 13th Century and was markedly enlarged over the next 100 years (although none of the orginal church remains today). It was not completed until the 16th Century. During the reformation it was the main church and a national symbol for the Hussites. After the slaughter of the "heretics", Jesuits took over the church and placed a 10 foot statue of the Madonna between the towers. The access today is from a side street behind a restaurant as pictured, and the church is frequently closed to tourists - there is apparently a great deal of interest within including the tomb of Tycho Brahe (who died of mercury poisoning, not a ruptured bladder), but every time we visited the doors were closed.

Of interest is the asymmetry of the towers - a classic Gothic conceit was to make one tower larger than the other for the strength of men over women.

As the images indicate, the church is obscured largely from ground level on the Square by another building, so only the towers are visible, towering over the whole area. In the fourth image, the illuminated church towers over the nighttime square. In the last - anywhere you look up, here from the Ungelt court, the spires are there.

Address: Tynsky chram.
Directions: Near Old-Town Square.
Phone: +420 222318186
Website: http://www.tyn.cz

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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