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Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti)

this Sight was last updated on 1 Jul 04

This is the place to be in Old Town and serves as a good central location to orient yourself. Did we mention that it's also completely breathtaking?
From the year 1200, when the square served as a marketplace and crossroads for trade, through the public executions of anti-Hapsburg leaders in 1621 to the throngs of visitors from all over the world today the square has remained the focal point of pedestrian traffic through the city.
The Square is dominated by three major landmarks: The Astronomical Clock and Old Town Hall, Tyn Cathedral, and Church of St.Nicholas. Franz Kafka lived as a boy in the Minute House (U Minuty), the black and white graffitoed building to the left of the Astronomical Clock and Old Town Hall, spent a good deal of time at the Golz-Kinsky Palace (his father had a shop there), and in a literary salon that was housed in At the Golden Unicorn (directly to the left of Zelezna Street).
Many of the buildings along the square still bear the ornate signage which served as their addresses (At the Storks, At the Blue Star, etc.).
The monument to Jan Hus, famous Czech hero, also draws the eye, and myriad cafes and restaurants provide refreshment from the overwhelming sense of history and beauty compacted into this square.

Staromestske Náměstí
Stare Mesto  show me everything in Stare Mesto
Prague 1
Czech Republic
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Guided tours available?: Yes
Entrance free?: No
Type of landmark: Square
Available for hire as: No info at present
Romantic Location?: Good in the evenings
Entrance fee adults, if applicable: No info at present
Entrance fee children/concessions, if applicable: No info at present
Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti)
Tyn, Hus, and the Palace.

Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti)
The Astronomical Clock
Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti)
Jan Hus and St. Nicholas
Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti)
U Minuty and Old Town Hall
Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti)
View from the clock tower
Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti)
Old Town Square and Tyn Cathedral by night
Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti)
The clock tower by night

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Christmas markets in full power
petr, 1 Dec 08
Claus, 19 Apr 04
most enjoyable
anthony, 2 Apr 04

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