Old-Town Square, Prague
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.
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.
14/604 Old Town Square, Old Town
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
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 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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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.
In this square, there are many buildings, cafe and shops. Most people will visit here to take some photos and do a big shopping.
Fondest memory: This is a good idea to have tea in the afternoon and have a beer at night.
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.
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
Staromestské namestí.Old town square.
You will never forget the first time you see this beautiful square, specially if you come here by night, the illuminated towers of Tyn Cathedral and the city hall, the buildings,each one with its own story,and prague sky, turns you into a magical experience ,and you will start to believe that Prague is much more than a monumental city.
Favorite thing: Old Town Square was breathtaking. It is a huge, open area surrounded by amazing structures - Town Hall, Cathedral of Tyn, St. Jacob Church and many others. At night, there are spotlights shining up the spires creating a fairy tale effect. To the left of the photo you can make out the astrological clock, part of the Old Town Hall. I am sure you can find this on every VT Prague page!!
Fondest memory: Actually all over Prague there are numerous cathedrals, or churches. I imagine that if people would put as much effort into learing about their fellow man as they have put into these structures, then we would have peace today.
Go to the Old Town Square, continue through narrow old streets to the Charles Bridge, cross the bridge and go up the hill to the Prague Castle. Visit Vysehrad on the opposite river bank. There is a nice park with a great view on Prague.
Fondest memory: Time at the university.
Favorite thing: Old Town Square. So much to see. Its little winding streets (lined with shops and restaurants) and picturesque groups of houses, The Town Hall, church of Our Lady Before Tyn, church of St.Nicholas. So much history and amazing architecture. The Astronomical Clock is of great interest to most. And the Old Town is also where Franz Kafka lived much of his life.
When in Prague be prepared for delicious local food.It's delicius and cheap too.Don't forget to order 'dumblings' instead of bread and search for strange soups served inside a bread's crust!DON'T look for fastfoods cause there aren't so many.Hungy after 11p.m.?Could be a serious problem.
Fondest memory: Christmas Eve at the Old town square square with a cup of red hot wine and sausages sold on the street ,in front of the fabulous catholic church,while it was snowing and small bands were playing and people were singing.