On the opposite side of Tyn lane are two Gothic Burgher houses which in the 15th century were joined together - one was Trcek House and the other, Týn School, the plainer of the two building's. Some remains of Renaissance graffito have been discovered on the front façade.
In the centre of the main façade, there is a fresco from the 18th century of the Assumption Virgin Mary.
At the top of the facade are rounded peaks of Venetian Renaissance style from the middle of the 16th century. From the late 14th century to the mid-19th century it operated as a parish school for the Týn Church.
It is now residential flats and at ground level, a Café/Restaurant.
Upon entering the Old Town Square from Tyn, the first historical building I came across was "The House of the Stone Bell." This tower like gothic house looked to be made of sand- stone.
Once upon a time, a stone Palace stood here, much larger than the current house. This house was re-constructed into a luxurious urban residence, probably for King John of Luxemburg and his wife. It's thought, the Emperor-to-be, Charles IV, was probably born there too. He also lived there again after his return to Bohemia.
This building had two chapels inside the house. During renovation in the 1960's, the Gothic appearance of the building was revealed, so when the building was restored between 1973-87, it was tried to make it as accurate as possible with original and replica pieces. Statues of two throned figures and a standing knight were put together from fragments that were discovered, other parts of the decoration were found and used. Inside the house, fresco paintings from the beginning of the 14th century were preserved too.
The house sign (stone bell) is original from 1413. The stone bell on the corner of the house supposedly commemorates a rebellion and a victorious battle with the pagans. Some suggest a historical event from 1310 instead, when the parson of Elisabeth of Bohemia used the bell to indicate to John of Bohemia, that he came in peace!
Which-ever is correct, nothing takes away from it being the oldest preserved house representing Gothic palace architecture of a tower type. Its front used to be one of the most beautiful in Europe, I felt even though it has been restored, it still looks rather drab!
I found it interesting, that it may have been built for a royal family, especially for Elisabeth of Bohemia, sculptures found inside indicate that.
It is through this bell, which is a copy of the original, that this house came about.
It now is the Gallery of the Capital City of Prague, and is a venue for exhibitions and concerts. In the underground parts, there is a small lapidary.
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"At the Minute" OR "At the White Lion" is another interesting house in the old town square.
This house was built in the 1400's in Gothic style. Since then, it has been rebuilt several times, especially in the Renaissance period.
When the home was changed into a Tobacco shop in the early 1600's, the sgrafitto was added to the façade. The images were covered up during future renovations but were unveiled after WW1 in 1920. The facade shows heaps of sgrafittos of Ancient Greek and biblical themes and also contemporary Renaissance legends. On the corner is a Classicist stone sculpture of a lion.
The inside has a wooden Renaissance ceiling and Renaissance and Baroque vaults with frescos. In 1712-1850, there was a pharmacy inside the house, in 1889-1896 it was the childhood home of a famous local author [F. Kafka] who used to live there with his parents.
Since 1896, the house has formed part of the Old Town Hall complex.
One of the historic painted house's in the old town square is Rott‘s House, a house with a lot of history and many name changes.
In 1401, the first house was built, and from then on there were many name changes as new owner's came in posession of the house.
The house was once known as "The three white roses," these were above the entrance door. The Rose's are thought to represent the three girls who lived there, who had trouble finding themselves a husband. In the end they did, one who was deceitful, not a good choice! Through him, they lost the house and all their property.
In the 17th century, reconstruction took place, and the building became renowned for its Renaissance gables and rich sgraffitoes, representing great battle scenes, figures from the Antique mythology, and pictures of the four elements.
In this state, the Rott's purchased the house and hence it became known as "Rott's House." Rott had a hardware store.
The frescoes on the front of the Rott’s House are of thorns and roses. Between the windows, there are painted figures of craft and agriculture allegories (blacksmith, carpenter, cutter, reaper, housewife, gardener).
I could see an inscription written in Czech, translated means: "St. Václav, do not let us die, or those yet to come."
In 1996, the house was repaired and the paintings were restored.
Now you can go there and spend time at Hard Rock Café that is open from noon - midnight every day.
Next to the "House with the stone bell," is the beautiful pink and white Rococo Goltz-Kinsky Palace.
This building isn't quite as old as some others as it was only built between 1755-65 on the place where two hotels once stood. Goltz had the buildings rebuilt into a Rococo palace with two entrances framed with two pillars.
After the death of Count Goltz, the palace was bought by the Kinsky family who stayed in the palace until 1945.
An important piece of history happened on the balcony of the Palace twice.
On 25th February 1948, Klement Gottwald, the leader of the Communist party of Czechoslovakia, informed the crowds of people that the communist era was beginning.
On the same day, but 42 years later, the President Vaclav Havel declared that the era was over for ever!
In 1949 the Golz-Kinsky Palace became a place for the National Gallery.
Open daily except Mondays from 10 a.m to 6 p.m.
There is an admission fee
Everybody goes to the Old Town Square, so it wasn't a surprise that it was here we found the most people. On quite a warm day, people were sitting everywhere, talking, sleeping, having their lunch or a Beer, they really looked to be enjoying themselves. The outdoor Cafes and Restaurant's were full with customers!
Don't be fooled with the Old Town Square, it hasn't always had this relaxed atmosphere!
Execution's took place here. In 1422 the square witnessed riots after the execution of the leader of the "Prague poor", who was beheaded at the well at the town hall courtyard. In 1437, another execution took place, this was a Hussite captain and his men. One of the most tragic events took place in front of the Town Hall in 1621, when 27 prominent participants of the Czech revolt against the Habsburgs were be-headed. In commemoration of them, 27 crosses are marked in the sidewalk along the Old Town Hall, as symbols of swords and thorn crown.
The Old Town Square history dates back to the 10th century, when it served as a marketplace at the crossroads of European trade routes. Regular and annual markets of various goods took place here. Unlike today, some of the shops were portable. It sounds like different vendors were on different sides of the square. The fish vendors were the most numerous, these were in the north- western part of the square. Really, what-ever you wanted could be bought here!
The Square was a very important part of Prague Old Town. Royal coronation processions travelled through the square on their way to the Castle and were much celebrated. John of Luxemburg was the first Czech king, who passed through the square in 1311 together with his wife Elisabeth of Bohemia. After the defeat of the Hussite Revolution, Jioi z Podìbrad was elected the King of Bohemia here in 1458.
So, as you walk around, think back of what once happened here, re-live some of the past, and enjoy the present in this nice square!
Old-Town Square is probably one of the biggest tourist attractions in Prague, and it's easy to understand why given all the interesing buildings around the square and lovely - though sometimes overcrowded - restaurants with terraces right on the square. Some of the sights not to be missed are, of course, the Old Town Hall building, the Baroque Church of St. Nicholas (not to be mistaken with one in Little Quarter), the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Tyn, and Kinsky Palace, where Franz Kafka's father used to run a shop that has since been converted into a bookshop. Most of the buildings around the square used to be inns and cafes and they all have been beautifully restored - despite the many different styles represented around the square, together they create a wonderful architectural ensemble. It gets very busy, but it's definitely worth taking some time to explore the area early in the morning when it's not as crowded or late in the evening after the tour groups have left the square.
The 1.7 hectares Old Town Square is where the tourist gathers. Famous tourist attractions include the Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock, the Municipal House, the Estates Theater, Jan Hus Monument and others. Also there are restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, galleries, street musicians and theatre, buskers, Jeweler shops and horse drawn carriage for tourist to see the Old Town.
Prague's Old Town Square is almost fit the burst with tourists no matter what time of the year it is. It is a popular meeting place for tours so is always very busy especially near the astronomical clock.
The Old Town Square is slap bang in between Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge (Two of the other most famous landmarks in Prague). It has many shops and cafe's and some restaurants as well as some beautiful architectural style buildings.
The Old Town Square in Prague is a journey back in time, 600 or 700 years.
Dating back to the late 12th century, the Old Town Square started it's life as the central marketplace for Prague. Over the next few centuries, many buildings of Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic styles were erected around the market, each bringing with them stories of wealthy merchants and intrigue.
The Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti) lies at the heart of Prague's famous Old Town and is unquestionably one of the most beautiful historical sights in Europe.
The most notable sights in Prague's Old Town Square are the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, the Astronomical Clock & Old Town Hall Tower and the beautiful St. Nicolas Church.
At the centre of the Old Town Square is the Jan Hus statue, erected on the 6th July 1915 to mark the 500th anniversary of the reformer’s death.
The old town square is referred to as Staroměstské náměstí in Czech. During the Christmas period, a huge Christmas tree is set up in the old town square as well as various stalls selling food, drinks and local hand-made souvenirs. A stage is also erected on one side of the square and children from all over the country entertain the public by singing or dancing. Amongst the many attractions in this Christmas market, you will find a petting zoo. You can easily purchase food for the animals and hand feed them.
If you're buying souvenirs from this Christmas market, try to haggle for a good and reasonable price. With regards to food, you can buy a hot dog and a coca cola for 80 czk or you can try local food like potatoes mixed with onions and cabbage. Hot wine is also available in all the food stalls.
You will find lots of stalls that have barbecued kebabs and other sorts of meat or chicken.
There are lots of attractions to see in the old town square including the astronomical clock, the Church of our Lady before Tyn (which you surely won't miss since this is the main building hovering above the square), the old town hall tower, the Kinsky Palace, the Jan Hus Monument in the middle of the square and much more.
Visiting the old town it's easy, and a nice stroll. Everything is located around and near main square, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.
Jan Hus monuments occupies the centre, but around it there are many wonders, with evidence to the Astronomic Clock, the churches of St Nicholas and of Our Lady before Tyn, na old Town Hall Tower.
The Hotel is named after --- Vincent Josef Rott
The Hotel consists of 2 buildings.
The majority of rooms is located at the Conner building No. 138. The other rooms are situated on two upper floors of the adjoining building No. 142
Both buildings date back to roman era (13th century) which is reflected in characteristic ground plan of the cellars, these spaces reach 5 metres under the pavement level
Some belive that in the 17th century the house probably burnt down. (Burnt walling was found under baroque plastering and stucco).
It is an easy site to notice but take time to enjoy the exteriour.
Location: Situated in the historical core behind the Old Town Hall.
Parking: underground parking outside the hotel
Metro: 5 min walk from the hotel - station Staromestska
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It's one of the biggest square i have ever seen! Here you can find local people and tourist (most of all tourists) You can find also lots of artists that plays their struments or a sort of "medieval market".
From a touristic point of view there is the "meridiano di praga". An ancient sign you can find (and search) on the floor that is a meridian.
Most interesting i think is to admire the movement of people, sellers, tourists. You can stop in one of the pub are are into the square and have a beer.
Don't forget that more closer you are to the city center (and here you are INTO the city center) more expensive is...everything.
At the center of the Old Town Square is the Jan Hus statue, erected on the 6th July 1915 to mark the 500th anniversary of the reformers death. The groundswell of supporters for his beliefs during the 14th and 15th centuries eventually led to the Hussite wars. Jan Huss was a religious thinker and reformer. He is famed for having been burned at the stake for heresy against the doctrines of the Catholic Church.