Old Town Square in Prague is like stepping back in time about 700 years. The city of Prague, is the capital of the Czech Republic.. Please go here to more about the city of Prague in Czech Republic.
Old Town Square is one of two main squares in Prague, Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square, and they are only a 5-minute walk apart. Both squares have ancient buildings and magnificent churches and are absolutely a must-see and easy to find.
The Old Town Square dates from the 12th century when it was the central marketplace of Prague. Over the centuries, buildings of many styles were built around the market. But the most spectacular site is the Old Astronomical Clock.
It is the centerpiece of the square and it is in the Old Town Hall Tower. Every hour upon the hour, the windows open above the clock. If you look above the clock you will see the images of the apostles rotating through the windows. The Astronomical Clock dates from the 15th century but it has been carefully maintained by the citizens of Prague to work properly. Below the clock are medallions with the signs of the zodiac.
What is an Astronomical Clock? Generally it means that the clock will show astronomical information and the time of day. It is a clock with special mechanisms and dials to display astronomical information such was the relative positions of the sun, moon, zodiacal constellations and sometimes major planets.
In front of the Old Town Hall is also a statue of religious reformer, Jan Hus, who was burned at the stake in 1415 for his beliefs. This is known as the Jan Hus Memorial, erected in 1915.
It’s possible to ascend to the top of the Clock Tower (either by stair or by elevator). There you have a bird’s eye view of the Tyn Church from the Old Town Hall Tower and the city beyond. If you don’t get dizzy, you can look down to view all the people in the square.
It’s rumored that Disney got inspiration for the Disneyland Castle from the design of the Tyn Church in Prague.
There are windows to view the city as you climb the stairs.
Cafes line the outskirts of the square where you can sit with a coffee or a brew and enjoy the sights and sounds. In the photo below, people are enjoying their drinks and ignoring the crowds around them who are drawn to the hourly clock show.
Or take in the music of a roving minstrel! Note the sign in English..