If you are in Prague Square, you will not miss seeing this magnificent church. Gothic in style. At night it is wonderfully lit up. Hard to find the entrance as it is set back from the restaurants that are in front of it. There is no charge for entrance but there is a donation box as you exit the church.
As I walked through the archway from Tynsky, I found I was at the back of a Church - the Church was "Our Lady before Tyn." I knew then, these were the Towers I was trying to find!
In the 11th century, a Romanesque church was located here for foreign merchants coming to the Týn Courtyard. It was built by the Hussites, and is the main church of this part of the city since the 14th century. No wonder I could see the towers from far away, they are 80 m high and topped by four small spires.
This Church is sometimes known as "The cathedral of aristocrats," as it was commissioned by wealthy merchants and aristocrats.
How to find an entrance, this was quite a problem, all the doors we locked! I have since found out the Church is closed over lunch-time and on a Monday!
Never mind, a look around the outside of the Church found beautiful decoration's and a magnificent bas-relief representing the crucifixion and scenes of the Passion of Christ.
The history about the Church is by the door at the front of the Church.
If you can, come and view the Church at night when it's lit!
How to get there:
Tramway: lines 17 - 18 stop “Staromìstská”.
Subway Green line A, station “Staromìstská”.
THE CHURCH IS OPEN - March to November - Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 1pm & 3-5pm
On a Sunday only from 10 am - noon
Closed on Mondays.
ASKED IS A DONATION of 25ck or 1 euro.
One of the most immediately noticeable landmarks in Prague has to be the 80 meter high gothic towers of Our Lady before Tyn (Týnský Chrám). The present construction started in the 14th century, when it was dominated by the Hussites. With the Battle of White Mountain, the Jesuits took the church over. Gradually the interior was given a more Baroque appearance. When I was in Prague the interior was still being restored, so there wasn't much to see inside. I am told you can climb the towers (139 steps) but it seems to be discouraged.
One of the significant influences on this construction was that of Petr Parler, a name you will hear while in Prague, as he was significant in the design of both the Charles Bridge and St Vitus.
Tue-Sat 10:00-13:00 & 15:00-17:00; Sun 10:30-12:00
The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn is a fine example of gothic architecture in Prague's Old Town. The Church can be seen in many places across Prague but is a stunning backdrop in Old Town Square.
Built in the 14th century it is home to the oldest pipe organ in the whole of Prague.
The two spires of the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn may be seen from almost anywhere in Prague. The minute you step into the Old Town Square, this church, which was built back in 1385, will most definitely grab your attention. The architecture is Gothic, however, it has a baroque interior. If you have time to spare, this church is definitely worth a look and viewing it costs next to nothing.
Access to the church is free, but you may give a small donation before you leave. Photographs and videos of the interior are prohibited, but you may buy postcards at a reasonable price. Men are asked to remove any hats before accessing the church.
For me, the bristling Gothic spires of the Church of Our Lady before Tyn epitomise the Prague skyline and probably served to inspire many a Disney castle!
There has been a church on this site since the 12th century, but the original Romanesque structure was rebuilt in the Gothic style in the 14th century. The Gothic interior of the church was later remodelled in a Baroque style - a pity in my opinion, but then I have an allergic reaction to Baroque interiors!
I have always been confused by the 'before Tyn' part of the church's name and have yet to find a conclusive explanation. The closest that I have got is to a reference which suggests that the word 'tyn' is derived from the old Czech work 'tejn', which means an enclosed or fortified place - maybe a reference to the main square?
Unfortunately the facade of this church has been obscured by later buildings which were constructed immediately in front of the church, and usually all you can see are the iconic towers rising above the surrounding buildings. The best viewpoint from which to appreciate the church is from the top of the Old Town Hall, which provides a less obscured view.
On a more positive note, I was fascinated to find that the church is the last resting place of Tycho Brahe, the Danish court astronomer to Emperor Rudolph II. Brahe is much celebrated for his astronomical achievements (especially his work on comets which helped to demolish the theory of celestial spheres) but for me, his major claim to fame has always been that he lost part of his nose during a duel, and wore a prosthetic nose for the rest of his life which he stuck on with paste! There are conflicting stories about what his nose was made of - some accounts mention silver or gold, and some suggest that the one he used for everyday wear was made of copper - you have got to love a man with a wardrobe of noses for every occasion! He also apparently had a pet elk which died as a result of falling down a flight of stairs after a surfeit of beer ... sounds like an eccentric after my own heart!
The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn or simple Tyn Church dominates of the Old Town Square. It has very interesting and powerful looking because of two spires which can be seen from all over Prague. This church is impressive by day, striking by night, lit up against the dark night sky. This two spires are not symmetrical.
Opening: Thu-Sat 10:00-13:00 & 15:00-17:00
Wheelchair access: Berrier free entrance at 5 Celetna Street
The church makes the complete view of Old Town Square. Building started in 1365, as a main church of Old Town. Gothic style of the main part was after a fire in 17. century rebuilt in barock style. Interesting is that in this church is buried the astronomer Tycho de Brahe.
The church is closely connected with the houses in front, for example The Tyn school. In the left side is situated the most beautiful gothic building Kinsky Palace.
One of the tales about the church: A rich lady used to torture her maids very much. A maid always prayed this torture to stop while the bells were ringing in the church of Our Lady before Tyn. Once the lady caught her while praying and it made her so angry, that she beated the girl to death. After she realized what she had been doing and gave away all the fortune and went to the church. Still she did not achieve redemption and till now she appears in the tower in the night and sets swinging the bells as the punishment.
The church construction started in 1365. It got funds from German merchants with purpose to be main German church. In 1390 the big portal was added. Some other parts were finished in 1485 and later, in 1511, so overall church development was quite long.
Church of Or Lady before Tyn was the most important church of Hussites in the 16th century and was one of reformation spots here, in Bohemia region.
Church looks quite big and impressive to me; the spires are like from fairy tale book paintings. It is just pity that it is hard to get to church as it has busy schedule of masses and, if you are in, taking photos is forbidden.
The Church of our Lady before Tyn is no doubt a view you've seen before, it's featured on a lot of postcards and souvenirs that come from the Czech Republic. It's quite impressive when you first see it, it's also hard to miss as it is situated on the Old Town Square which is basically the heart of the city. Its spires aspire to pierce the sky (that's quite a tonguebreaker, eh?) and it just looks really authoritative, I guess. It's very well lit at night also, so be sure to stroll by it in the evening in order to see it with new undertones and shades and also check out the laser play which usually can be seen once it gets dark.
The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn dominates one side of the Old Town Square. The two spires of this powerful looking Gothic church can be seen from all over Prague. These towers were even higher but after a fire, they were rebuilt.
Has a most impressive Gothic structure, it has two irregular towers with baubles, spires and pinnacles, which are most impressive at night when they are lit up.to reach the entrance take the third arch to the left and is free to enter.
Constructed between the mid 14th century & the early 16th century, this has to be one of the most impressive Gothic buildings in Prague. The interior was rebuilt in the Baroque style in the late 17th century.
The 80 metre high towers complete with their spires & turrets can be seen throughout the Old Town. The best view though is from the top of the Town Hall Tower.
The church of our Lady Before Tyn which dates back to 1385, also known as Týnský Chrám is a stunning gothic church dominating the side of the Old Town Square, and the stunning spires protruding into the sky can be seen from almost anywhere in Prague.
Its an absolutely stunning chuch and even moreso when its brightly lit up at night, really gorgeous.
An interesting tip is if you look closely at the spires you will note that they are not symmetrical and its believed to be a characteristic of gothic archetecture that represents the masculine and feminine sides of the world.
With its twin 80m towers peering over the chocolate box houses of the Old Town Square, the Church of Our Lady in front of Týn (or simply Tyn) is one of the most distinctive buildings in Prague. The Gothic cathedral dates back to a romanesque church of the 11th century, but the current look only took shape four hundred years later.