Church of Our Lady before Týn, Prague

Church of Our Lady before Týn, Prague (must see)

This grand 14th-century Gothic edifice, characterized by its irregular twin towers capped by four small spires, dominates not only the Old Town Square, but is also seen from everywhere in Prague and, as such, is an excellent landmark to help keep one's bearings. Like the nearby Hus Monument, the Týn Church is a source of Czech national pride, adding to the overall feel of "Magic Prague" – no wonder Disney used it as an inspiration for his fairytale castle.

The best view of the exterior can be obtained by getting a ticket to the opposite clock tower and then taking a lift to the top. As for the interior – a triumph of gilded wood – it is the product of Baroque transformation with countless altars placed everywhere: in front of pillars, beside the main altar, in corners and along the side walls. The profusion of these tall, black-gilded altars, along with the brightly stained glass, makes the church stand out in memory.

Astronomy buffs will certainly enjoy a stop at the beautiful marble tomb of Tycho Brahe, who served as Rudolf II's "personal consultant" (right beside, look for a wood relief carving that shows him holding astronomical symbols), much as the chance to wonder at the imposing 17th-century organ. If you're willing to spend a little bit extra, be sure to book through Via Musica for the occasional concert here.

Why You Should Visit:
Great pictures from the square and/or clock tower outside and much detail on the interior, which is free to enter.
The church is lit up at night with orange lights which give it a complete fairytale look, if viewed from the square.

Tip:
Entrance is through a narrow passage; if you stand in the square and look at the two spires, it is actually at the last arch on the left in the row of restaurants. Note that visiting times are rather limited and the doors may close between 12 and 3pm.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 10am–12pm / 3–5pm; Sun: 10am–12pm

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Church of Our Lady before Týn on Map

Sight Name: Church of Our Lady before Týn
Sight Location: Prague, Czech Republic (See walking tours in Prague)
Sight Type: Religious
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