Church of Our Lady before Týn

The Church of St Mary of Tyn with its famous Gothic spires dominates the Old Town Square: admire it from afar before visiting the interior.

Dominating the Old Town Square are the famous Gothic spires of the Church of St Mary before Týn (in Czech Kostel Matky Boží pred Týnem), probably the most mysterious church in Prague.

Long the main Hussite church in the Czech capital, it is a very unusual religious building, very tall and majestic, but squeezed between a cluster of houses: some, built right next to the walls, close off its façade. This is why Týnský Chrám, as the church is called by the people of Prague, can only be admired in all its imposing beauty from a considerable distance.

Do not neglect to visit the interior, with its artistic heritage of Gothic, Renaissance and early Baroque works, the most interesting of which are the altarpieces by Karel Škréta. The entrance to the church is hidden in a small alley from the main square; behind the church is the Tyn courtyard, with buildings in different architectural styles.

The two towers

Lingering in the hearts of visitors admiring the beauty of the Church of Our Lady before Tyn are the famous spires, two of the hundred towers rising into the Prague sky.

Fairy-tale and decidedly Gothic in style, the two 80-metre high bell towers are famous for having different dimensions: the south tower is slightly but visibly slimmer than the north one. This difference was a feature of Gothic art, but is also a metaphorical representation of female and male beauty.

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Useful information

Address

Staroměstské nám., 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Cechia

Contacts

TEL: +420 222 318 186

Timetables

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 - 13:00, 15:00 - 17:00
  • Wednesday: 10:00 - 13:00, 15:00 - 17:00
  • Thursday: 10:00 - 13:00, 15:00 - 17:00
  • Friday: 10:00 - 13:00, 15:00 - 17:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 - 13:00, 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sunday: 09:00 - 12:00

Transports

Metro stops

  • Mustek (372 mt)
  • Namesti Republiky (431 mt)
  • Staromestska (440 mt)

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