Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Prague

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    Looks like Walt Disney.

    by Pod Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn (Týnský Chrám) dominates one side of the Old Town Square. The spires of this powerful looking Gothic church (with a Baroque interior) can be seen from all over Prague.
    The church was founded in 1385 during a tumultuous period when ‘heretic’ Hussites were being slaughtered by the ruling Roman Catholics. As part of this, Catholic Jesuits took over the church, recasting the bell and replacing the Hussites symbolic chalice with a large figure of Mary nailed between the towers.
    The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn is impressive by day and striking by night, lit up against the dark night sky. Take a close look at the two spires. They are not symmetrical. This is characteristic of the gothic architecture of the time and is a representation of both the masculine and feminine sides of the world.

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    One of the capital’s most famous symbols

    by viddra Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The building was erected on the site of an earlier Romanesque church in the 2nd half of the 14th century, while the magnificent façade was completed a century later.

    The twin bell towers, built at different times, are 80m high and look like those of a fairytale castle.

    This is where Tycho Brahe, Court Astronomer to Rudolph II, was buried.

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    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    the spires of this beautiful gothic church dominate the east side of old town square. the church of our lady before tyn was the main church of the hussites in prague. inside the church are interesting gothic sculptures of calvary, a 15th century gothic pulpit, and a 1414 pewter font. the church is only open to the public during services.

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    A cup of hot wine (svaøené víno or svaøák)

    by Luchonda Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Prague Christmas markets consist of brightly decorated wooden huts,
    selling Czech handicrafts, hot food (corn on the cob, sausages and local
    specialties) and warm drinks. Outdoor Christmas shopping is so much easier
    with a cup of hot wine (svaøené víno or svaøák) in your hand!

    Wooden huts, the Tyn monument in the background The Nicolas Church as background X-mas ime in Prague
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    "Tyn" to check out the church

    by heitzenrater Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Church of Our Lady Before Tyn
    So the church we are referring to is the one in the top right corner of my picture. This picture was taken during the Prague's international marathon. On the right side of the photo you will see a car that the winner received. Not to bad if i don't say.

    The church was founded in 1385 during a tumultuous period when ‘heretic’ Hussites were being slaughtered by the ruling Roman Catholics. As part of this, Catholic Jesuits took over the church, recasting the bell and replacing the Hussites symbolic chalice with a large figure of Mary nailed between the towers.

    Take a close look at the two spires. They are not symmetrical. This is characteristic of the gothic architecture of the time and is a representation of both the masculine and feminine sides of the world.

    It is a stunning church and worth seeing if you are in town.

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    Tyn Church

    by Santini738 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Church of Our Lady in front of Týn is a dominant feature of the Old Town district of Prague, and the main church of this part of the city since the 14th century. Towers of church are 80 m high and topped by four small spires.

    In the 11th century this area was occupied by a romanesque church, which was replaced by an early gothic Church of Our Lady in front of Týn in 1256. Construction of present church started in the 14th century in late gothic style, under the influence of Matthias of Arras, and later Peter Parler. At the beginning of the 15th century, construction was almost done; only the towers, gable and roof were missing. The church was controlled by Hussites for some time, including John of Rokycan, future archbishop of Prague, who became the vicar of the church in 1427.

    The roof was completed in the 1450s, while the gable and northern tower were completed shortly thereafter during the reign of George of Podebrady. His sculpture was placed on the gable, below a huge golden chalice, the symbol of the Hussites. The southern tower was not completed until 1511, under Matěj Rejsek. In 1626, after the Battle of the White Mountain, the sculptures of George of Podebrady and the chalice were removed, replaced by a sculpture of The Madonna, with aureole made from the chalice. In 1679 the church was damaged by fire caused by lightning, causing the heavily damaged old vault to be replaced by a lower baroque vault.

    In 1876 - 1895 a reconstruction was carried out, which was reversed through a long exterior restoration that took place in the years 1973 - 1995. Afterwards interior restoration began, and is still in progress.

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    Very impressive

    by SandiMandi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn is situated on the Old Town Square. The spires of this Gothic church can be seen from all over Prague. The church was founded in 1385.

    If you look closely at the two spires you find out that they aren't symmetrical. This is characteristic of the gothic architecture of the time and is a representation of both the masculine and feminine sides of the world.

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    Absolutly gorgeous Gothic Church.

    by FDAZA64 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is the most distinctive landmark in Stare Mesto, But always is closed.
    Al least you can see an Impressive Gothic inside!
    You have to try to go into the church by the house in the left hand. There you can i and impressive romanesque arcaded house in the rignt hand.
    In the middle of the two towers u can see a beautiful solid gold effigy of the Virgin Mary.

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    by klj&a Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Church of Our Lady Before Tyn-One of the most beautiful churches I’ve seen. The two steeples give the church it’s character. This gothic church was built starting in 1365. It’s located in Old Town Square.

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    Kostel Matky Bozì Pred Tynem

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The first things that you can see when you arrive in the Old Town Square are the sumptuous steeples of the church of Saint Mary of Tyn. The church was begun in 1365 and it became the center of the Boer movement. King Giorge from Podebrady put on the façade a gold wine glass that was melted for creating the statue of the Madonna (you can still seen it today) in 1621.

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    Kostel Matky Bozì Pred Tynem: the interior

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The interior of the Church of ST. Mary of Tyn has got elaborate Baroque decorations. Very beautiful it is the Gothic pulpit made in the fifteenth century. The Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe is buried next to the choir.

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    Great Gothic Centerpiece To Old Town Square

    by Husker_Jeff Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn provides a marvelous presence over Old Town Square. Most people do not get to see this sort of gothic architecture / design very often, and I found it quite appealing - almost spooky at times.

    Be sure to check it out at night when a low orange glow emanates from the towers. The view from the back side of the church is especially nice at night, with the towers pointing into the sky. I did not have a tripod on this trip or I would have been able to snap a better shot.

    As with other churches in Prague, the towers are different sizes. This supposedly represents the sexual dimorphism of the human race, with the larger tower being analogous to Adam and the smaller tower to Eve.

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    Tyn Church - Chram Matky Bozi Pred Tynem

    by el_ruso Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The full translation is Temple of Mother of God before Tyn - I assume that "Tyn" is the name of the location. It is a feast of spires and towers that unfortunately has been obstructed by later construction. It is impossible to miss, and its style has been transferred to several other buildings in Prague.

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    Church of Our lady Before Tyn (5 photos)

    by nicolaitan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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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.

    From anwhere in the Old Town, the spires over see.

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    Church of our Lady before Tyn

    by rcsparty Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This church dominates the old square as it seems to rise from the surrounding buildings, as you can't see the lower half from the square. There are great views of this church from the town hall tower. It was started in the late 14th century and was an important church of the Hussites during the 16th century. Make sure to see the church when it is lit up in the evening.

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