Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Prague

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    Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem

    by lina112 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Church of Our Lady before Týn (Týnský chrám) is without doubt the most important ecclesiastical building on the right bank of the river Vltava. It earned its name thanks to an enclosed court, Týnský dvùr, also known as Ungeld. The nave and two aisles each had a vaulted ceiling with a polygonal apse. There was a crypt and one western tower with a bell from 1310 onwards. This building was replaced by the present day church. The only preserved part of the original church, St. Ludmila's chapel, was pulled down one hundred years ago.

    La iglesia de nuestra señora de Tyn es sin duda el edificio eclesiastico mas importantes la ribera derecha del rio Vltava. Aunque su exterior es gótico su interior es de un recartado barroco. Los dos rasgos mas importantes son el altar rococó en la pared norte y la tumba de Tycho Brahe un astronomo danés que fue consejero de Rodolfo II. Es escenario ocasional de conciertos y posee un órgano de poderosos tubos.

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    Home of Kafka

    by chichecito Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The church of our lady before Tyn is not only famous for its medieval architecture but also because it was Franz Kafka's home for a long time. He used to live in the basement of this church in a very precarious way. A must see in Prague.

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    Church of Our Lady before Tyn

    by easyoar Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This church is on one side of the Old Town Square (it is opposite the Old Town Hall). It’s pretty hard to miss, but unlike the Hus Memorial, I mean this in a nice way. The two main Gothic Steeples can be seen from all over Prague, and it provides an easy landmark as their shape is quite distinctive.

    Sitting inbetween the two steeples can be seen a solid gold effigy of the Madonna (or Virgin Mary). This is clearer in my second picture. Apparently this Golden Madonna was originally a Golden Chalice (a symbol for the Hussite derived Utraquist movement). When the Hussites lost control the chalice was melted down and turned into the Madonna we see today.

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    Tyn Church

    by LanaFromRiga Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The full name of the church is the church of Virgin Maria before the Tyn. The church was the main church to the Hussites from old times.
    The base of the church is from Romanian times. The church was building during 2 centuries!

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    Church of Our Lady Before Tyn

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Built in the 1300s, this massive church dominates the Old Town Square. During the 1500s, it was the main Protestant Hussite church, and the building contains Danish Astronomer Tycho Brahe's crypt from 1601. In 1679 the interior was rebuilt after the church was gutted by fire. At night the church is beautifully illuminated creating a medieval backdrop on the Old Town.

    The church has limited hours when it's open to the public.

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    Tynsky Chram

    by Pieter11 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Tyn Church to me is the most beautiful building around the beautiful Old Citysquare. And it's even one of the most impressive ones in the whole of Prague. It's official name is Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem, or Church of Holy Mary before Tyn.

    The Tyn Church was founded in 1385. The twenty years before that, there was built on the rough outside of the building. As soon as this part was finished the citizens of Prague started to use it. After that every century a tower, a roof or a facade was added. The Church was all paid out of private money, because the Roman leaders were strongly against the religion. Eventhough the church became a true piece of art with a Baroc interior, with very typical towers, part of the Gothic exterior, at the front and a big golden statue of Holy Mary. Remarkable is the fact that the St. Vitus Cathedral also was built in this period and also was paid out of private sources. It was an expensive period of the citizens.

    In 1819 the Tyn Church was struck by a fire which damaged the building severely. In 1835 it was rebuilt again and in the towers guards were placed. Now they could protect the building and warn the people of danger by ringing the bells.

    The church is situated at the most dominant side of the Old Citysquare. It's beautiful all day long, but at night it's even more special when the lightning make the golden tops of the numerous towers "glow".

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    You'll be Seeing a Lot of This!

    by Miraclemike Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    I passed this church about 6 times every day I was there and always stopped and starred. These are one of the types of buildings I dreamed about as a kid. I couldn't ever go inside, though; I tried a few times and it was always locked.

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    Dominating the Old Town Square

    by rexvaughan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn dominates one side of the Old Town Square in Prague. This powerful looking, Gothic church with a baroque interior can be seen from all over Prague. It was founded in the late 14th C during the struggles between the Hussites and the Roman Catholics. The two spires are not symmetrical and their difference is said to denote the male and female sides of the world.
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    A Danish scientist, Tycho de Brahe is buried in the church. He was noted for having created astronomical tables and formulating laws regarding planetary movement and came to be here because he could not get the needed financial support in Denmark. How he died seems open to question. One story is that he was murdered, another that he died of mercury poisoning and still another that his bladder burst during dinner. I tend to go with the latter as there is now a public toilet in the lane leading from the Old Town Square to the church.

    Entry to the church is through an arcade; the Gothic northern portal with its original preserved sculptural reliefs is accessible from Tyn Street (Tynska ulice).

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    by barryg23 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The two towers of the Gothic Tyn Church are among the most recognisable sights of Prague. If it wasn't for the houses which obscure the it's lower section, the Tyn Church would be, for me, the most impressive building in Prague. Dark and imposing, it dominates Old Town Square and can be seen from a great distance away. It's also worth seeing it an night when the facade is lit up.

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    by german_eagle Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Tynsky chram (church of Our Lady before Tyn) is one of the most important churches in Prague. It was built in the 14th century, the characteristic spires were completed in 1460. In 1679 the church was reconstructed inside in Baroque style. The result is a rather dark nave with a number of magnificent Baroque altars.

    Highlights of the interior are the tombstone of Tycho Brahe (often with Danish flag), a Gothic crucification group left from the choir and the High Altar by Karel Skreta.

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    by Amazonka Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The monumental spires of Chram Panny Marie pred Tynem (Church of Our Lady before Tyn) is separated from the square by Tynska skola (Tyn School) whose Gothic arcade is one of Prague's oldest. The church itself was built on the site of an earlier church in the 14th and 15th centuries, and later rebuilt in the baroque style. Inside the church are late Gothic and baroque altars and the grave of Tycho de Brahe, a famous astronomer of the time of Emperor Rudolph II. The tympanum on the northern portal is a copy of the original 14th-century piece by the Peter parler workshop. If you have time, pass though the Renaissance gate to the Ungelt, also known as Tyn, once an inn for merchants in transit through Prague. Some of the houses built next to the perimeter wall are fine examples of the Renaissance style.
    Return to the Old Town Square and stop at the monumental medieval structure of the house U kamenneho zvonu (At the Stone Bell; Staromestske namesti 13/605) which in the 14th century was one of Prague's most decorative buildings and was probably owned by Queen Eliska Premyslovna.

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    A beautiful church in a beautiful square

    by WBrasil Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The church is located in the main square of the Old Town. The magazines use to say that this square is in a competition with La Grand Place in Brussels for the title of The Most Beautiful Square of The World. I visited both and, because of the multicolour sight, I prefer the square in Prague. But opinions vary...

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    The Church of Our Lady before Tyn

    by Paul2001 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The biggest question I had about the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, was whether I would actually get to see the interior. Well I did, so there Lonely Planet and Frommer's! Actually this was not always the case. In fact entry to this magnificant church is limited to the morning hours on weekdays.
    These limited hours of access is rather sad for this was my favourite church in Prague. Firstly it's exterior, with the two remarkably stunning high towers, is one of the great landmarks in the city. How they entice to see what the interior beholds. I am glad to say the a visit inside lives up to expectations. The church has just recently been extensively restored. Today the fine Gothic columns and wall have been decorated with a series of superb High-Baroque alterpieces. I found each chapel quite amazing and I spent quite alot of time touring the interior.
    To enter the Tyn Church you must work your way through and around the Baroque buildings that block the view of the lower half of the facade from the Old Town Square. Entry was free during my visit.

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    The giant of the old town.

    by SimonRees Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The imposing Tyn church.

    The Tyn church dominates the skyline in the old town. It's stunning architecture makes it one of the most recognised churches in Prague. It's beautiful spires point high in the Prague sky dominating the old town square and casting a shadow on all below. This is my favourite church in Prague and with so many to choose fom that is saying something.

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    Church Of Our lady Before Tyn

    by sydmar Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A Gothic church that dominates Old Town Square. The photo shows the solid gold effigy of the Virgin Mary.

    A bit tricky to find the entrance to the church because of the Italian restaurant in front of it. You actually walk through the restaurants patio area and you'll find the entrance to the church there. We visited twice. Once it was closed but you can see the inside through windows and the other we were lucky it was open. To be sure it is open, make it there before or after mass times which is listed on the main door.

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