Old-Town Square, Prague
This large square was founded in the 10th century. It was a marketplace until the beginning of the 20th century. It is surrounded by lots of colourful buildings. The first houses here were built around it in the 12th and 13th century.
Tragic events such as executions, political events and demonstrations took place at this square. For instance 27 nobles were killed because of their rebellion against the Hapsburg empire.
The mains sights here are the Old Town Hall with the clock (see tip), the churches of the Lady Upon Tyn and Saint Nicholas.
The nearest subway station to this square is “Staromestska”.
This tower-like Gothic house has an exceptionally well preserved facade which is done in Medieval civil architecture style.
Built in the 13th century, it is one of the oldest buildings in Prague. The original stone palace was much larger than the current house and used to stand here already in the 2nd half of the 13th century, in the 2nd third of the 1th century it was converted into a luxurious urban residence. It was later rebuilt in the Baroque and later in the Neo-Baroque style.
The house sign - a stone bell - is original from 1413. Legend says that the name of the house comes from a bell that fell from Tyn Church and was then placed on the corner.
Fondest memory: The peak Gothic appearance of the building was only revealed during a renovation of the facade in the 1960’s. Inside the house fresco paintings from the beginning of the 14th century were preserved too.
These days the House at the Stone Bell houses the City Prague Gallery.
Old Town Square 13/605, Old Town - at the corner of Tynska Street nad Old Town Square
This Neo-Gothic house was built in 1896 on the site of a Gothic and Baroque house. House fits as much as it could the architectural style of the Old Town Square.
You will see a beautiful figural paintings of St. Wenceslas on a horse in Art Nouveau style on the facade.
Fondest memory: Unfortunately in 1945 the house burnt down but it was restored three years later.
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Two Gothic houses were joined together at the beginning of the 15th century.
In the first half of the 16th century building adapted in early Renaissance style.
On the first floor there is a fresco of the Assumption of Our Lady from the 18th century.
Fondest memory: From the end of the 14th century until mid-19th century there was a school, then it was converted into flats.
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For my money Staromestske namesti ( the Old Town Squere) is the most beautiful part of Prague which every visitor must see standing there with a glass of excelent Czek beer in one hand, plus sausage or grilled meat in another. It used to be open city space but nowadays it looks more alike to October Fest.
The fact is, the square now looks much nicer and above all more coherent then it used to be 40 years ago, but still, I miss its old charm and serenity. I guess it comes with the ages, when one is young everything looks different and much better.
Fondest memory: But of course, it is only my personal opinion and impression.
The House at the Minute is a real Renaissance pearl.
It sits in the Old Town Square.
Greek mythology and references to biblical and Renaissance legends scene cover its impressive facade.
The House at the Minute was built at the beginning of the 15th century as a house in the late Gothic style and was a tobacco shop.
Fondest memory: Sgraffito decorations were created before 1615, but they were whitewashed during Baroque modifications. Their renewal took place only in the 1920s.
Franz Kafka lived on the second floor of the House at the Minute from 1889 till 1896, it was his childhood home.
Favorite thing: Prague has one of the most beautiful town squares in all of Europe. The Old Town Square or Staromestské nám is simply gorgeous and is the cities main draw. In fact I hate to say this but I felt that the town square sort of defined my impression of Prague. All facades and no substance. That is not to take away from its beauty and historical importance. The facades are all painted with luminous colours and are pretty to look at. The square itself was a major market centre since medieval times. However like much of Prague there is not much to see beyond the fronts of these buildings. There is an abundance of restaurants and a few bars but they are grossly overpriced. A few of the baroque churches offer classical concerts of questionable quality. Still all life in Prague seems to gravitate to here and you cannot leave Prague without making frequent visits.
Looking for well decorated walls and architecture ! Searching for strange musea (Torture instruments, or even a SEX museum !!) No problem, Prague has everything to offer.
Location : Near the central old market
This market is a must - sit down and enjoy ! Enjoy looking at the buildings, the people walking by. Especially during X-mas time, there is lot to see, eat and drink
Fondest memory: A golden city to be revisited many times. In my opinion a top City in Europe, next to Berlin and Barcelona
Favorite thing: There is a tourist information centre at the main market square near the famous clock - Orloj. It is open all week long and you may gain some information there, as well as take a free map of the centre, buy postcards and even use toilet.;)
Prague is a wonderful city with many beautiful houses in different styles. The most beautiful houses can be found in the old town and Mala Strana.
What I remember and liked best were the atlantes. This are a set of sculptural figures of men used to support structures in architecture. I saw some in the Jewish quarter and in Mala Strana. This is so typical for Prague.
This was an interesting city to wander through for a day. A popular item to purchase if their crystal. I picked up a beautiful green vase painted with gold lattice for a very reasonable price. While I was there a market was in full swing with vendors selling ornately carved boxes and traditional decorated eggs.
The Astronomical Tower was under construction, so most of it was covered. That was my main reason for the trip. However, from what I saw, it looked lovely and I intend to return to see it better.
Favorite thing: In the Old Town Square between Tyn Church and the Astronomical Clock there is a plaque set into the ground indicating the meridian line which means that Prague is the area in Europe where Central European Time is designated.
While checking out the Old Town Square you will see a small area with booths selling souvenirs. Right before checking them out there should be a stand with a long line. If you are hungry, get on line and buy some Trdelnik.
Watch they make it as you wait- they take the dough and put it on a metal rod that is then spun over a fire for it to bake. Then it is dipped in sugar, vanilla, toffee & almonds.
It is a really good, hot snack!
Favorite thing: If you had time to see just one thing in Prague, then Old Town Square would be a good choice. Prague's most famous square lies at the heart of the old town and contains some of the most important buildings and monuments in the city.