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Church of Our Lady in the Tyn
The Church of Our Lady Before the Tyn dominates the skyline of Prague’s Old Town Square. This church is one of the most pre-eminent symbols of Gothic style in Prague. As well as most monuments in Prague, this church has a long history full of different events.
The first mention about a Romanesque church on this place goes back to the 12th century. The church of our Lady Before the Tyn as we can see it today was build starting with the 14th century, in the times of Charles IV. The construction of the church was not finished until the mid of the 15th century, approximately in 1470. In 1679 the church was hit by fire and the gothic dome of the main nave has been reconstructed in the early Baroque style. Parts of the original Gothic structure have been kept.
The interesting thing about the twin towers that symbolize the church is that if you take a closer look, they are not at all identical. One of them is in fact a bit more solid and it is said that it represents the stronger side of the family, the man.
What is more, the interior of the Church is one of the richest you can see in Prague. The main altar picture is the work of Karl Skreta, the most famous painter of his times. The altar picture represents the Rise to Heavens of the Virgin Mary.
The Church of Our Lady Before the Tyn is also known because the remains of famous astronomer Tycho Brahe, a scientist in King Rudoph's court in 1600, are buried here.
Walking along Prague streets, you will definitely mention this church, especially at night when its mighty towers seem to be dominating the entire panorama of the old Prague.