Old-Town Hall, Prague

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    THE UNDERGROUND OF THE OLD TOWN HALL

    by balhannah Updated Dec 20, 2014

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    I didn't know this existed, so I thought I would write about it so you do!

    It's known as the Romanesque-Gothic underground of the Old Town Hall. Years ago, the city level was several metres lower than todays level. As Prague flooded, the town was 'built up," meaning that the original ground floors of the houses became basements.
    The oldest part of the Old Town Hall's underground, is the Roman hall from the 2nd half of the 12th century. There are wells and cisterns which were for rainwater and two of the original Prisons with names engraved on the Portals can still be seen.

    OPEN Monday 11.00 - 6pm, Tues - Sun 9.00- 6pm

    ADMISSION TO UNDERGROUND
    adult 50 czk students and seniors 30 czk

    LONG TOUR (historical halls, chapel, underground)
    adults 100 czk children (6 - 15 years), students and seniors over 65 years 50 czk
    children up to 6 years, disabled persons, journalists and seniors over 75 years 20 czk
    family (2 adults + max. 4 children up to 15 years 210 czk

    COMBINED ADMISSION (historical halls, underground, tower)
    Adults 160 czk

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    Old Town - Old Town Hall

    by kris-t Written Nov 2, 2013

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    This 14th century building is the most famous at the Old Town Square. Its Gothic almost 70 meters high tower, built in 1364, is one of the most recognizable buildings in Prague.

    Originally the building served only as the city hall of the old town, but later became the city hall for all of Prague.

    It's also famous for its magnificent astronomical clock, the oldest such clock in Europe, built in 1410.

    Opening Hours
    INTERIOR:
    January - December
    Monday 11 - 18
    Tuesday - Sunday 9 - 18

    TOWER:
    January - December
    Monday 11 - 22
    Tuesday - Sunday 9 - 22

    Full Admission
    Adults - 100 KCz (USD 5.00)

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    MAIN TOURIST OFFICE

    by balhannah Written Aug 1, 2013

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    The main Tourist Information Office is located in the Old Town Hall, in the pink building in my photo.
    The building is one of the five that make up the Old Town Hall. The outside has an ornamental window with Prague coat of arms and wording in Czech that says....'Prague, Capital of the Kingdom.'
    Inside it was quite busy. I just picked up some free pamphlets and booked for the Tower. Staff were helpful and friendly.

    The office is open from..
    daily from 9am to 7pm,
    Old Town Hall Tower is open on Mondays from 11am until 10pm and Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 10pm.

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    VOLFLIN OF KAMEN - OLD TOWN HALL

    by balhannah Updated Aug 1, 2013

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    Volflin of Kamen, is one of the five houses that have been joined together to make the Old Town Hall. This gothic house was built at the end of the 13th century. In 1364, the 69.5 metre high Tower was added, and the astronomical clock was installed later again.

    One of the nice points of this building, was its entrance door.
    I must admit that I take notice of doors in very old building's. Why, you may ask - Because to me, they are often masterpieces! Often, they are beautifully carved, a work of art that is not seen around much today.
    This was such a door! It's a late Gothic door which has four Lion's heads, two of them have door knockers, and three ugly faces. Surrounding the door, looks to be fine stucco work, what-ever, it is magnificent!
    Next to the door, is a richly decorated window, beautiful decorations including animals. On the other side, is the Astronomical Clock.
    Make sure you take a close look, you will be surprised with what you find!

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    VISIT THE OLD TOWN HALL TOWER

    by balhannah Updated Jul 30, 2013

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    Want a bird's eye view of Prague, then I suggest you go up the Old Town Hall Tower.

    This massive tower is where in 1410, the astronomical clock was placed on its south side.
    During reconstruction of the tower’s interior in 1999, a lift was added, so you can either go up & down by lift, or walk the steps to the top of the Tower.
    From the top are fabulous views of the Old Town Square. I looked over the side to see people below looking like Ants, not for the feint--hearted! View's were far reaching, I even could see Petrin Hill and Prague Castle.
    What I liked were the information boards, not only with information on what I was looking at, but also a photo of the building making it easy for identification. For those that wanted a closer look, Telescopes were at the top!
    I couldn't stop taking photo's from here, it was wonderful!

    TOWER IS OPEN....
    January - December Monday 11 - 10PM Tuesday - Sunday 9 - 10PM

    ADMISSION
    ADULTS - 100 Kè
    CHILDREN (6 – 15 YEARS), STUDENTS AND SENIORS - 50 Kè
    CHILDREN UP TO 6 YEARS, DISABLED PERSONS, JOURNALISTS AND SENIORS OVER 75 YEARS - 20 Kè
    FAMILY (2 ADULTS, MAX. 4 CHILDREN UP TO 15 YEARS) - 210 Kè

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    THE OLD TOWN HALL

    by balhannah Written Jul 30, 2013

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    Time to check out the old Town Hall in Prague's Old Town Square.
    This is another building that stands out, as it has a 70 metre high tower which was built in 1364.

    It was in 1338, when King John of Luxembourg, granted Prague’s Old Town the right to establish its own administrative centre. The Town Hall was built the same year, starting with a gothic house that belonged to a wealthy merchant, then another three medieval buildings were acquired making a total of four that make up the Old Town Hall.

    Did you know "wine" was how money was raised to pay for this building? You see, a duty levy was put on the wine, this was collected and paid for the construction of the Town Hall.

    Many important events have taken place here, like the King of Bohemia being selected in the Town Hall in 1458. A bloody time was when the leading participants in a revolt were imprisoned here in 1621, later 27 were executed infront of the Town Hall.

    Weddings have been held at the Town Hall since 1871.

    Now, you can take a tour of the Town Hall and see the Council Hall with its joist ceiling and rich renaissance decoration, the assembly room and its mosaics dating from the 1930s, before visiting the Gothic chapel and seeing the inner workings of the 12 apostles who parade above the Astronomical Clock every hour. The tour is rounded off with a trip through the Romanesque and Gothic cellars beneath the building.

    The main entrance is to the left of the clock.

    TOURS OF OLD TOWN HALL HISTORIC ROOMS.
    Monday from 11am to 6pm, Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm

    ADMISSION
    ADULTS - 100 Kè
    REDUCED ADMISSION...CHILDREN (6 – 15 YEARS) - 50 Kè
    STUDENTS AND SENIORS - 70 Kè
    CHILDREN UP TO 6 YEARS, DISABLED PERSONS, JOURNALISTS AND SENIORS OVER 75 YEARS - 20 Kè
    FAMILY (2 ADULTS, MAX. 4 CHILDREN UP TO 15 YEARS) - 210 Kè

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    See and hear Prague's most famous landmark

    by Jefie Written Jul 21, 2013

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    Prague's Old-Town Hall is one of the most photographed buildings in the city. Dating back to 1338, it features a 69.5-m-tall Gothic tower on which can be seen Prague's famous astronomical clock. The clock was added in 1410, which makes it the third oldest astonomical clock in the world and the oldest still in function. Several legends exist in connection with the clock, the most popular and persistent one being that orders were given by city officials to blind the clockmaker after it was completed so that he would never be able to produce such another clock for another city. It is indeed a wonderful piece of art and engineering, and it's quite a spectacle to be there on the hour (from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm) when the figures surrounding the clock are set in motion and dressed up characters sound the hour on trumpets; however, people who are not comfotable in crowds might not appreciate it since hundreds of people tend to gather on Old Town Square in time to see the clock in action.

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    Great views from the top of the Old Town Hall

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Jun 12, 2013

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    The views from the top of the Old Town Hall are wonderful and give you a lovely perspective on the fascinating 'roofscape' of the Old Town. From this vantage point, you realise how tightly packed the Old Town is, and what a teeming mass of humanity this must have been in the days when the Old Town was residential (don your thermals and try this just before Christmas when there is a Christmas market in the main square to see what I mean).

    This viewpoint also gives you a better view of the beautiful gothic Church of Our Lady before Tyn. 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.

    To state the obvious, you will not be the only person wanting to see the Old Town from this perspective, and the spectacular views mean that most visitors linger to try and get the perfect panoramic photos. Thus, as ever, it helps to visit out of peak hours (usually earlier is better than later) and ideally out of peak season so that you aren't crowded out.

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    Old Town Hall Tower

    by GentleSpirit Written Mar 16, 2013

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    The tower was built for a merchants gothic house in 1338. Later on, what is now the Old Town Hall started to come together when various of the burgher houses were bought up and combined. Needless to say these were remodeled over time. When you are down on the ground you will see the trumpeter up in the tower. But you will also see some people waving. These people are tourists just like you.

    To visit you have the choice of going up the stairs or taking a modern elevator. Even if you take the stairs its not that far up. The tower is only 69 meters high.

    Hours:
    Monday 11-10pm
    Tuesday to Sunday- 9 am to 10 pm

    Admission-ADULTS - 100 Kč
    note- there is a combined admission for historical halls, underground and the tower, much more economical***

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    found this little gem.

    by geordieontour Written Mar 16, 2013

    After 5 visits to Prague, just found out you can visit inside both the town hall and the tower, with a lift inside , price was good as well, 160Kc each lots of history and English guides at 10:30am and 1:30 pm plus you get to see the inside of the clock.

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    The Old Town Hall Tower

    by fachd Updated Dec 25, 2012

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    The Old Town Hall Tower, built in 1338 is located at the Old Town Square. It is one of the most prominent buildings in Prague. Inside are staircase and an elevator. For a fee Visitors are allowed to go to the top of the tower to see view of the city.

    Old Town Hall Tower:
    Mon 11:00-22:00; Tue-Sun 09:00-22:00
    Old Town Hall Tower Interior:
    Mon 11:00-18:00; Tue-Sun 09:00-18:00

    Transport: Staromestska (line A)
    Tram stop: Staromestska (trams 17, 18, 53)

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    Old town hall and Astological clock

    by Twan Updated Aug 8, 2012

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    The astronomical clock of Prague (Czech: Staroměstský Orloj or Pražský Orloj) is a medieval astronomical clock in the center of the Czech Republic capital Prague. The watch is attached to the southern wall of the Old Town Hall on Old Town Square in the Old Town of Prague.

    It consists of three main parts.

    The first item in the middle, the astronomical dial displays the time and let the position of the sun and the moon.

    The clock shows five types of time:
    - The true local time in Prague;
    - The time measured in a distribution of 12 'hours' between sunrise and sunset, the 'unequal hours', they are from day to day longer or shorter, since the period between sunrise and sunset every day is different;
    - The time measured in a division of 24 hours which indicates how long the Sun is at the moment (24) of sunset, the so-called Bohemian or Italian hours;
    - The position of the sun in the zodiac;
    - The sidereal time.

    The movement consists of three independently rotating disks: hard disk in the middle, the outer ring and the zodiac. There are three pointers: the hand with the hand, the sun at that pointer slide back and forth, and the pointer with the asterisk, which is rigidly connected to the zodiac disc.

    According to legend, the creator of the clock in Prague, when it was finished, blinded so that he no longer such a movement could make for another city.

    The second part top the Parade of the Apostles. Every hour there are two small doors open and there will be a parade of apostles over.

    The third bottom part is a dial with medallions representing the months and how proposals for each day the saint is indicated.

    The oldest part of the movement dates from the early 15th century. The apostles are only added in 1865.

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    Prague Orloj (Czech: Pražský orloj)

    by FruitLover Written Oct 28, 2011

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    An astronomical clock is a clock with special mechanisms and dials to display astronomical information, such as the relative positions of the sun, moon, zodiacal constellations, and sometimes major planets.

    The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the only one still working.

    The Orloj is mounted on the southern wall of Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square. The clock mechanism itself is composed of three main components:
    the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details;
    "The Walk of the Apostles", a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures—notably a figure of Death (represented by a skeleton) striking the time;
    and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months.

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    Old Town City Hall

    by Skibbe Written Sep 5, 2011

    This is the main sight in Old Town Square. The crowds gather each hour to watch its unique astronomical clock toll the hour, warning us everyone that they are an hour closer to death. Then they applaud. I loved it and never missed it myself when I was nearby.

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    Video - show on the Clock in Aug/Sep2011

    by r13 Updated Jun 18, 2011

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    For the 600 anniversary of the clock there was special video projection (video-mapping) created. It is presented on the Tower/clock. It is 10 minutes long and very spectacular- highly recommended.

    Although it was intended to be shown just once, it was repeated on two more occasions. Now it was announced that on SATURDAYS evenings in August and September these video-projections will be presented. No evening time was announced yet, presumably it will be at 22:00 (or even several times during the evening?) as the darkness is essential for the effect - check with the tourist info services.

    http://youtu.be/u4LVEAiZJyg

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