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Old Town Square

So let’s throw ourselves into discovering Prague – the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) is definitely a great place to start. You will find yourself in the middle of one of the most visited and historic squares in Prague. This square has been at Prague’s centre since the 10th century and was its main marketplace until the beginning of the 20th century. The spacious 1.7 hectare Old Town Square has been the scene of great events, both glorious and tragic.

The Gothic tower with its Astronomical Clock is the main attraction. Watch the clock on each hour as Christ and his 12 apostles signal the hour as they emerge from the clock. The clock is meant to not only show the time but also the signs of the zodiac and seasons as well as the course of the sun. The ground floor of the clock tower displays temporary exhibitions; on the first floor is the Gothic Chapel and the top of the tower is great for views across the city and square.

Astronomical Clock

The most popular part of the tower is the town hall clock. Prague’s Astronomical Clock is one of the oldest and most elaborate clocks ever built. It was first installed in 1410 and later the clock was rebuilt by the Master Hanus in 1490. The clock is composed of three …

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Jan Hus Monument

Completed in 1915 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of Jan Hus, the Czech Hussite reformer, this massive monument dominates the square. It shows two groups of people, a young mother symbolizing a national rebirth and the figure of Hus emphasising the moral authority of the …

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Stone Bell House

This unique Town Palace with Original Gothic Appearance is perhaps the most attractive building in the Old Town Square. The Stone Bell House hosts temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and also musical events run by the City Gallery of Prague.   Location: Old Town Square 13, Old Town; www.citygalleryprague.cz Open: 10.00-20.00 …

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House At the Minute

The house “At the Minute” in Prague’s Old Town Square is a typical Prague Renaissance house, adorned with much sgraffiti. The famous writer Franz Kafka lived there with his parents at the end of the 19th century. The house “At the Minute” was connected with the neighbouring Pecoldovsky house and …

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Around the Square

Do not miss exploring streets surrounding Old Town Square where almost every building throws up some highlight. House at the Two Golden Bears (Dům u Dvou Zlatých Medvědů), situated at the corner of Melantrichova and Kožná Street, is one of them. The building was constructed from two earlier houses in …

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The Hussite And Jan Hus

By preaching Wycliffé s ideas in Czech and not in Latin, Hus offered a nationalist and reformist opinion to the audiences who attended the Bethlehem Chapel in Prague. He attacked indulgence, the clergy’s greed and other misuses of the power of the church, and he was very critical of the …

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Little Square

This small square is surrounded by neo-Renaissance and baroque facades, including the sgraffito-decorated Rott building, and has a wrought-iron fountain at its centre. The square links Old Town Square with Charles Street (Karlova), which leads to the Charles Bridge. Locaton: Male namesti, Old Town In Czech: Malé Náměstí

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