This palace is done in the Rococo style by Kilian Dientzenhofer. Completed in 1765 it was bought by Stepan Kinsky who was a diplomat at the time. This was also used as a speech platform by Klement Gottwald in 1948 to address his fellow Communist party members and announce Communist rule for Czechoslovakia. It is said that Alfred Nobel stayed here and had a crush on the pacifist Bertha Kinsky. It is used now as a temporary exhibition hall for the National Museum.
It is open from 10am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday.
Many medieval houses still exist in Prague, though many have undergone some exterior changes. This is the House at the Stone Bell. Many houses are named for certain statues or paintings that have been found somewhere on the exterior. This was an old medieval town palace built in the 14th century. There are two Gothic chapels inside and now houses a small art gallery. It is also used as a concert hall.
This is not the same St. Nicolas church in the LIttle Quarter. This used to be the old town church parish until Tyn Church was completed in the 14th century. It became a Benedictine Monastary after the Battle of the White Mountain. The site has had a religious structure on it since the 12th century, but the present day church was rebuild and structured by Kilian Dientzenhofer. Completed in 1735. Its statues were the works of Antonin Braun. This was also one of the churches that was closed by Emporer Joseph II and then used by the Prague garrison troops in WWI. Apparently the officer in charge used it as an opportunity to restore the church with the help from local artists. The church is now used for summer concerts. There is also an exhibit next door dedicated to Franz Kafka who was apparently born there.
It is open for services at 10:30 on Sundays and 10am-4pm Tuesday - Sunday.
Many of the buildings you will notice on the Old Town Square are very brightly colored. While many of them do not have much historical significance in their present state, many do serve to cater to the senses of passers-by.
Some of them to point out are:
At the Stone Ram-Also been known as the "Stone Unicorn" based on the one horned ram in the stone frieze.
At Lazarus's this is where you can eat at the Staromestska Restaurant but it appears to have retained some of its Romanesque details
At the Golden Unicorn and At the Stone Table are also along this line of Renaissance buildings.
This is one of the brightly decorated houses in the Old Town Square. The frescoes were done by Mikulas Ales and some of them are of St. Wenceslas on horseback. It is a neo-Renaissance (late 19th century) home but still one of the fine examples of original architecture on the square.
The Old Town Square in Prague is the heart of the city and has been since the 11th C. It is always bustling with locals and visitors alike so it is easy to get caught up in the hubbub and miss its charm. It is filled with wonderful and diverse architecture - everything from baroque and rococo to Renaissance, gothic and art nouveau. It wasn?t until one evening while waiting for a concert performance that we sat by Jan Hus while the sun went down that we realized how truly beautiful all this is. Of course sunset lent an extra glow to the colorful facades and made them shine. I cannot identify all the buildings but highlights include the fetching Kinsky Palace, the baroque Church of St. Nicholas, the Jan Hus Memorial, the Ministry of Internal Affairs building and the Tyn Church. We were entertained by a street musician and watching the people come and go as well as the lovely buildings caught in the glow of the setting sun.
I would have, of course, included a photo of the astronomical clock but it was covered for renovation (see photo of Old Town Hall Tower). It sounds as if it is well worth seeing.
The Old Town square is just beautiful, at any time of the day or night. Right in the middle is the Jan Hus monument, You will also see the Church of St.Nicholas.
For me it was fantastic just sitting around here people watching and soaking up the atmosphere, gazing at the beautiful buildings and marvelling at the amount of colours in such a small place!*
This is the place to see.Take your time and just slowly wander around looking at all the magnificent buildings,dont forget to look up,you'll be amazed at what you can miss if you dont.
I'll let the photos tell you all about this place.
This is the central point of Prague. There are always people at the Old Town Square. No wonder, there are so many things to see. The Old Town hall is located here, with the astronomical clock tower. Other famous building on the square includes St Nicholas' church, House of the Stone Bell, Kinsky Palace, and the Jan Hus monument.
At night the side streets are alive with restaurants and bars. Most of the restaurants right on the square looks like tourist traps. But they do offer heated outdoor dining in the winter and good people watching.
At the west end of the square starts the busy Karlova shopping street, that leads to the Charles Bridge.
Kinsky Palace was built in 1765. Alfred Nobel the person who invented dynamite and who also founded the Nobel Prize has apparently stayed here in this Palace. It was here that Bertha Kinsky was born, and who was a friend of Nobel. She dedicated a lot of her life to the peace movement and in 1905 received the Nobel Prize for Peace.
It was also from here that communism was declared in 1948.
I havent got a full picture of the palace, the palace is the building to the far right of the picture.
The Wonderful Old Town Square occupies an area of 1.7 hectares and is the heart of Prague since the tenth century and untill the first years of the twentieth century it has been the center of the market. Along the sides of the square you can see wonderful buildings that cover the whole architectural development of the town. During the Christmas time the square is the home of the Christmas market.
The Old Town Square, with its magnificent surrounding churches and ancient buildings, is set between a maze of narrow cobbled streets. It has been the central market place since as early as the 10th Century and many of the surrounding Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque buildings are World Heritage Sites. Today the square is used for Christmas festivities, political speeches, and large public gatherings. On a day to day basis, the square is filled with tourists and surrounded by cafes and stores as well as tour guide booths. Along the western side, a long L-shaped collection of sheds selling souveniers and crafts adjoin the Town Hall. We found that, unlike what some have said, prices along this prime tourist location were no higher than elsewhere in the city, particularly in the sheds. The restaurants and cafes, while not cheap, are ideal for a break from sightseeing and people watching.
Image 4 - note in particular the frescoes decorating the Storch House. The image of King Wenceslas dates from the eighteenth century. Below the lower right largest windows the white lion represents the Bavarian coat of arms.
The Old Town Square is surround with old nice houses. There are many shops with souvenirs, cafes, restaurants. In centr there are the Old Town Hall with the Astronomical Clock, near is the St. Nicholas Church and an another beautiful church - Tyn Church.
Since Prague is a city meant to be walked, that is exactly what we are going to do. By the way, not to confuse my tour with the others, I'll be using a pink polka-dot umbrella. LORIPORI'S WALKING TOUR OF PRAGUE begins in OLD TOWN SQUARE with its famous Astronomical Clock adorning the Old Town Hall. Circling the Square is Our Lady Before Tyn and St. Nicholas Church - Old Town.
"Staromistke' Namisti or Old Town Square is as it has been for centuries -- the HEART of Prague. The Square is always a hub of activity day and night. Towering above the Square is Our Lady Before Tyne.
A nice place to be, especially when the sun is shining!
Just walk around, drink something, watch the people and enjoy the great architecture! It is definitively one of the most beautiful squares in the world!!!
Be aware, that everything here is to expensive! Walk 100m and you will get the same for half!