The Old Town Square (Staroměstské Náměstí in Czech) is the centre of the Old Town and one of several important squares in the historical centre of Prague. (The other being Wenceslas Square, Charles Square, Senovážné Square and Square of the Republic on the right bank of Vltava river and Lesser Town Square and Hradčany Square on the left bank). With its ancient buildings and magnificent churches, the Old Town Square is one of the most beautiful historical sights in Europe.
Dating back to the late 12th century, the Old Town Square started life as the central marketplace for Prague. Over the next few centuries, many buildings of Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic styles were erected around the market, each bringing with them stories of wealthy merchants and intrigue.
The Old Town Square’s most notable sights are the Church of Our Lady before Týn, the Old Town Hall Tower & Astronomical Clock and the stunning St. Nicholas Church.
In the northern side of the Old Town Square is the Jan Hus statue, erected on the 6th July 1915 to mark the 500th anniversary of the reformer’s death. In the southern side there used to be a Marian column.
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