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“Baroque altars everywhere - a Wow interior”

Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: One of the symbols of Prague, the Church of the Virgin Mary Before Tyn is the dominant feature in the Old Town. The church was built in the 14th century and used to be a primary place of worship for foreign merchants visiting the city.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

This church is worth popping into for a quick look at the many baroque altars placed everywhere - in front of pillars, beside the main altar, in corners, along the side walls. It is the profusion of these tall black gilded altars that makes the Tyn church stand out in my memory. Look for Brahe's memorial at the front of the church where a floor marker notes his resting place. Beside it look for a wood relief carving which shows him holding astronomical symbols. The importance of the other altars and floor memorials were a mystery to me so I just enjoyed looking at their embellishments - lots of cherubs flying to the top of the altar, stone and often gilded statues, gilding on the carvings, and dark paintings usually placed in the middle of the altar. The main altar was a tall gilded structure - very eye catching. The pulpit was located close to the front of the church. The common Gothic features were the many arched pillars along the main nave which drew the eye to the upper story where smaller windows let in light. Along the side aisles, long narrow windows with clear glass also helped to illuminate the church. This church did not have a rosary window; gilded organ pipes were visible in the loft at the back of the church. The walls were painted white - a good contrast to those dark altars.

The entrance may be a bit of mystery as an outdoor eatery is along the front, but look for the narrow passageway from the 3rd arch to the left, or look for the Via Musico sign, and the entrance is just beyond. To see another exterior door at the side of the church with the carved crucifixion scene atop it, walk in the narrow passage way - Tynska. From there, St. James Church is just a few steps away. Allow about 15 -20 minutes for a short visit to Tyn church. This church may close between 1-3. There is no entry fee at this church.

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Reviewed 26 June 2018

The old city has so many things to see, and this is also one of it. Everything is close to each other and you can easy walk from one monument to the other.

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Reviewed 23 June 2018

This church you can find on the main Old Square, its towers are called Adam and Eva, I dint know why. But inside you can find astonishing 300 years old decorations and also you can see that it has been rebuilt many times in the history.

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Reviewed 21 June 2018

Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem is a lovely church you will see on a walking tour. Visible from most streets as you walk, this is a must see.

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Reviewed 20 June 2018

The church is undoubtedly a beautiful building that is partially hidden from the building in front of it. The two towers are slightly different in size. This is one of the many memorable photo ops that Prague has to offer. It surely is a must see.

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