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The Old Town Square is the center of Prague's eventful history, dating back to the 12th century when it started out as the central marketplace. The Historical Centre includes most of the city’s major attractions and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a tour of the Old Town to understand the history of the city and its notable sights.

The Staromestske Namesti, as it is known in Czech, is steeped in beauty and culture. Step back 700 years in time as you walk past the beautiful Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings preserved for centuries. Highlights of the Town Square are the Old Town Hall and the famous Astronomical Clock, the Tyn Church, St Nicholas Church and Golz-Kinsky Palace.

The Old Town Hall Staromestska Radnice complex was partially destroyed in World War II, but the remaining Gothic and Renaissance style buildings are striking. Take a tour of the interior to see the council chamber and assembly room with beautiful mosaics dating to the 1930s, the Gothic chapel and the Romanesque and Gothic cellars. The most fascinating and famous feature is the 15th century Horologue or Astronomical Clock, which is the oldest working one of its kind. It has a dramatic chime on the hour - the skeletal Grim Reaper with an hour-glass representing inevitable fate sets in motion the procession of the Twelve Apostles, with each appearing in the window. It ends with the rooster crowing, which symbolizes life.

The 14th century Church of Our Lady Before Tyn is a landmark Gothic church with distinctive twin spires that stand out in the skyline of the City of a Thousand Spires. The Baroque interiors hold the tomb of celebrated Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe.

As you explore more of the Old Town, you can see the House of the Black Madonna - the first Cubist building, the Barcelo Hotel with a gilded angel at the entrance where Mozart supposedly stayed during his visits, Estates Theatre where he premiered the Prague Symphony and Don Giovanni, Franz Kafka's Birthplace, and the Charles Bridge across the Vltava.

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About Old Town Square

 Old Town Square, Praha 1, Czech Republic

 +420 221 714 444

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Old Town Square and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge(0.9 km)
The Charles Bridge (Karlův Most) connects the Old Town with Lesser Town.

Child Jesus of Prague

Child Jesus of Prague(1.3 km)
The famous statue of Child Jesus of Prague can be seen in the Church of Our Lady Victorious of Discalced Carmelite Order in Karmelitská Street.

Jan Hus monument

Jan Hus monument(0 km)
That striking man standing atop a patina-green metal mountain in the center of Old Town Square is not Jesus, though he resembles him.

Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square(0.7 km)
Václavské náměstí is a wide boulevard running down from the National Museum and it's crammed with bars, restaurants and casinos.

Municipal Hall

Municipal Hall(1 km)
The Obecní dům was built near the Powder Tower (a storage place for gunpowder and a major trade route entry into the city) on a site called King's Court where once a royal residence stood.

Petrin Hill

Petrin Hill(1.8 km)
This hillside slopes down from the Castle and Strahov Monastery to Mala Strana and Malostranske namesti metro station.

U Medvidku Beer Hall

U Medvidku Beer Hall(0.5 km)
Traditional Czech microbrewery and beer hall dating back to 1466.

Rudolfinum

Rudolfinum(0.5 km)
Neo-Renaissance style music auditorium.

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