The Church of our Lady before Tyn
Walking across the Old Town Square, there is one stunning church you can’t overlook – the old, gothic style Church of Our Lady before Týn. The story of this church started in the middle of 14th century and the construction lasted until the beginning of the 16th century – year 1510 to be precise. The architects who worked on the church were very well known in Prague. Matthias of Arras and Petr Parléř both worked on St. Vitus Cathedral and influenced many other buildings across the city center, including this church.
The Tyn church was opened for the first time in year 1380, but was not finished yet. At the beginning of the Hussite wars, the church already had 3 naves, but the main nave probably didn’t have a roof at that time. After 1419, Tyn Church became a center for reformed preachers, following the teachings of Jan Hus and stayed reformist until the year 1621, when all Protestants were forced out of our country. In the meantime, the Tyn Church was completed around the year 1510.
All baroque decor and altars were added in the next few decades (after year 1621).
Nowadays The Church of our Lady before Tyn is a frequent stop for many tourists who wander around the Old Town Square, because who wouldn’t stop inside a church, where history can practically breathe on you?
A few interesting legends are attached to this church as well, so ask your guide who can surely tell you more.
Info on the Church of our Lady before Tyn:
Address: Staroměstské náměstí 604, Prague
Map Ref.: 50.0877781, 14.4228239
Opening hours: Tue-Sa 10am-1mp; 3pm-5pm. Su 10-12am
More info on Tyn Church (official website is in Czech only)