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Old Town Hall


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History of Old Town Hall
Old Town Hall of Prague is one of the most beautiful architectural monuments of the city, located in the Old Town district on Old Town Square. The Town Hall was built in 1338 in order to provide a council for the Old Town, permitted by king John Luxemburg. The 69,5-meter tall tower was added in 1364, on the private house of Wolfin Kamene. The top of the tower offers a nice panorama of Prague. In 1440, the astronomical clock was constructed, and the neo-gothic Northern wing was added between 1838 and 1848. This part was damaged during a fire in 1945, but later re-constructed in Gothic and renaissance style. Unfortunately, a part of the archives were lost in the fire.

Old Town Hall is actually composed of 4 buildings, with the last house added in 1830. The most important building is the renaissance building "To The Minute", with sgraffiti on its forefront and Gothic gate carved by Matthias Rejsek.

Good To Know
A specialty of the place is that the leader of the poor, reformer colleague of John Hus was executed in its court in 1422. In addition, King George Podiebrad was elected to king here. On the front, near the main gate, you can see the statue of Hussite aristocrat Jan Rohác Dubái, who was executed in 1437. Above the inscription "Prague, head of the kingdom" you can see the shield of Old Town, which has been used as the shield of Prague since 1784.

In the entrance hall covered by mosaic, you can purchase tickets to visit the ceremonial halls. On the second floor, you will find the gothic Old Council Hall from 1470, and a statue portraying Jesus Christ. In the council hall, you can see an engraving from the 19th Century, on which you can make out the ceiling made in the 15th Century. It has remained in good condition. You can also see two historical paintings of V. Brozik: John Hus before the convocation in Konstanz and the election of George Podiebrad to king.

Sample Pictures of Old Town Hall




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