The Old Town Square (Staromìstské námìstí) is one of two main squares in Prague.
The Old Town Square's most notable sights are the Old Town Hall Tower & Astronomical Clock, the Church of Our Lady before Tyn and St. Nicholas Church.
The Old Town Hall estabished 1338 as the seat of the Old Town authorites. The oldest gothic part of the complex which includes a tower and an oriel chapel is richly decorated with coats of arms. It was built in the later half of the 14th century.
In the top pert of the Astronomical Clock (early 15th ctntury) the 12 apostles appear every hour between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. The eastern pseudo-gothic wing of the Town Hall was destroed on May 8 , 1945 and has not been rebuilt yet.
St. Nicholas is a Baroque church, the interior of which was inspired by the chapel of St. Louis-des-invalides in Paris.
St. Nicholas shurch was completed in 1735, and replaced a parish church mentioned in records dating back to 1273.
St. Nicholas now serves as both a church and as a venue for classical concerts.
Mar-Oct: Daily 09:00-17:00
Nov-Feb: Daily 09:00-16:00
Church service: Sun 10:00
Despite a number of foreign invaders, Prague's Old Town Square has remained virtually untouched since the 10th century. Today's marauders consist largely of tourists who congregate to eat alfresco while admiring a hodgepodge of architecture — including the Rococo Kinsky Palace, the Gothic Tyn Cathedral and the Baroque St. Nicholas Church, to name a few.
An ever-changing cast of musicians, protesters, dance troupes, punks and vendors make the square as colorful as the buildings that surround it ... :)
These are another two attractive houses in the Old Town Square.
"AT BINDERS" is also known as "At the Blue Star" and "At the Blue Goose."
What once started out as a Romanesque house, was rebuilt many times in the Renaissance period, before being turned into a Baroque home in the 1700's. There are still traces of Romanesque and Gothic character. The arcades are vaulted with a Renaissance cross vault, some rooms have Gothic and Renaissance vaults too. A Wine Cellar from the 16th century called 'At Binders‘ was located here.
Located at Old Town Square 25/479, Old Town
"ON THE STONES"
Looked like it was recently painted in blue and lemon, it looked really fresh and pretty!
This too, was originally a Romanesque house, and like the other house, has been rebuilt many times and still has cellars with Romanesque and Gothic elements. The arches are of the Renaissance period, while the façade is early Baroque from the beginning of the 18th century. I am not sure if it is open to the public. I read it has stucco ceilings with Baroque oil paintings of mythological and biblical themes.
Located at Old Town Square 26/478, Old Town
Pauline Monastery by the Church of St. Saviour, is an early baroque building of a former convent of Paulines. The monastery was connected by a roofed corridor to the Church of St. Saviour in Salvatorska street which was also owned by this Order. In 1784 the monastery was abolished and it was then used as a mint. From 1897, the former monastery was owned by the city of Prague which had it demolished except for the main building. It has many nice sculptures and decorations on the building.
In 1934, the building was bought by Prague municipal insurance company who own the building next door.
Prague Municipal Insurance Company Building was my favorite building in the Old Town Square.
It's a Neo-Baroque/Art Nouveau administrative building that was built between 1899-1901 on the site of three demolished Baroque houses. The left side of the building is a replica of the original Baroque house "At the Golden Star." There are lots of ornamental decorations on the façade, like the little cupids and the faces peering down upon the Tourist's! I don't know what the animal's are above the door, they look a little like a Dragon with a Lion's tail.
Schier‘s House is neo-baroque apartment house from 1895-97, built in place of two demolished Baroque houses. In the 17th century, Dutch tanner Engel here. He was the first person to make soles from hard leather in Prague. He became very rich thanks to this invention, that he could buy an aristocratic title and mansion.
The building has a beautiful baroque façade with lots of statues and sculptures, quite unique for here!.
Next to Vilimek's House, is the house "At the Golden (Black) Angel" - Don't you just love these names!
After a defeat in the Battle of the White Mountain, King Friedrich of Pfalz slept over in this house.
This is another house with many architecture changes. Originally it was a Gothic house, then it was rebuilt in an early Baroque style and also in peak Baroque style around 1720. The former Chapel has a Gothic net vault from the 15th century and gothic cellars. On the corner of the house is a statue of St. Florian from around 1760.
The building is now the 5 star Hotel "U Prince." At street level, the Hotel has a Restaurant, and on the roof top is the U Prince Roof Terrace Bar which is open all year round, with heaters and covers provided during the winter months.
Opening Times Daily 11- 11pm
In the middle of the photo
A couple of steps away is Vilimek's house, once a gothic house, then changed to Renaissance before finally reconstructed in Baroque style.
In 1627 the house was acquired by the Servites who connected it to their monastery by the church of St. Michael. After the monastery was abolished in 1786, the interiors of the house were converted into apartments, further adaptations followed in the 1930’s.
Now, it is home to the Erpet Bohemia Crystal . If you like crystal, then have a browse in this shop.
It's open daily from 10 - 11pm
Building to the right in the photo
I am working my way around the old town square, and are now looking at houses near the Old Town Hall.
This is another known by many names, from Golden Horse, to Golden Crown. Two Gothic townhouse's were joined together, then rebuilt in Renaissance style later on, then in the 18th century, they were changed yet again, this time to Baroque style!
"The house At the Storks" OR "House At the White Angel" is the other half of the Gothic townhouse which is now a Baroque building.
At the present time, both houses are essentially functioning as one.
The house is the lemon one in the middle of the photo.
Another medevial building with more than one name! This building has also been known as "At the White Horse" and "At the Red Door"
This house was built in Romanesque style, then in 1496, was converted to be like and early Gothic palace. The main portal is decorated with lillies and it has rib vaulting. In 1781, the owner of a bookstore opened the first public reading room of magazines and book library in this house, and in 1838, it was used as a music school.
It is the grey building in my photo.
The “At the Stone Table” House is located in the old Town Square and is one of the oldest homes in Prague as it dates back to the 1100's. It has also been known as "At the currency house" because as currency exchange office was established here. Since first being built, it has been renovated in gothic style, then in 1724, was rebuilt in high barouqe style, raised two floors and given a very nice façade which includes a stucco frame painting of St. John Almuzník .
A famous guest that came here was Albert Einstein.
Since the 1800's it has been and still is a Restaurant.