Prague astounded me. Whenever I asked anyone who had visited if we should go, I was treated to a rapturous description. So we went, with high expectations. And I must say, this grand old place was all I imagined and more. Everywhere we walked we were surrounded by buildings with amazing architecture. And the heart of Prague is its Old Town Square. Here’s a glimpse of this splendid, bustling, and lively square.
Dominating the square are the twin towers of the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Tyn. Built in the 14th century, this has been the main church for this area ever since. The towers soar 80 meters into the air.
Another feature of the square is the Jan Hus Memorial, a statue of the martyr who was burned at the stake, leading to wars and exiles. This large sculpture was unveiled on 1915 to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Hus.
A third and probably most well known resident of Old Town Square is the Astronomical Clock. The name refers to a style of clock that shows astronomy-related information. This one, built in 1410, features four figures that move when the clock strikes the hour. The skeleton, representing death, strikes the time. The doorways above the clock open to reveal the apostles. At noon, all 12 apostles appear. A calendar was added below the clock in 1490.
You may have heard about crowds of tourists in Prague. Yes, it’s true. And they gather in front of the clock in anticipation of the hourly display. When we visited, scaffolding surrounded the clock, too. Here’s what it looked like.
Don’t let this keep you from visiting, though. You can plan around crowds by starting out early in the morning or eating dinner a little early. I’m adding my voice to all those who told me to go! Just look at the detailed sculptures and curlicues and the colors and the variety. And this is just one square in the entire city. Prague escaped damage during World War II, so what you see is not rebuilt but the original, genuine buildings that have stood for centuries.
Day and night, Prague is a feast for the eyes and the soul.