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Church of Our Lady Before Týn

Czech Republic > Prague

A bit of history

The current Church of Our Lady Before Týn replaced an earlier church which stood in its place from the 11th century. The original Church was built in a classical Romanesque style, only to be replaced by an early Gothic structure in 1256. Yet even this revised Church was later replaced with the one that can be seen today built over the course of the 14th and 15th centuries.

Eventually the church was complete as the south tower was erected in 1511. Over the subsequent 500 years, the church has undergone multiple renovations and reconstructions although the only major change has been the replacement of a vault destroyed by lightning by a newer Baroque style one in 1679. Extensive works were carried out between 1973 and 1995 on the exterior and the interior continues to be under restoration today.

Some highlights

  • The church houses Prague's largest pipe organ. This 17th century masterpiece is one of the grandest in Europe.
  • The tomb of Tycho Brahe can be found inside the church. This Danish astronomer worked for the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II (also King of Bohemia, Austria, Hungary and Croatia
  • Large parts of the altar are from the early Baroque period of the 17th century. A number of paintings by Karel Škréta adorn the altarpiece.



Opening Times

Throughout the Year

  • Sunday: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
  • Monday to Friday: 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Price Information

Free

  • General Free
Address

Staroměstské náměstí 5

Prague

Hlavní město Praha

Czechia 110 00

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