Monday, March 9, 2015

Future POIs - Old Town Square [Prague, Czech Republic]

Most main squares are to be visited when you go to cities new and old.  There is almost always a great amount of history since it was the main place where people would go.

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The Old Town Square was founded in the 12th century and houses many interesting buildings as well as some historical items.  The buildings here are not limited to the Old Town Hall, Church of Our Lady before Týn, St Nicholas Church, the Kinský Palace (which is now an art museum), an astronomical clock, and the monument to Jan Hus.  As well, in the pavement of the square are memorial stones (tributary crosses) marking the execution of 27 Czech lords in 1621.

In my opinion, the astronomical clock is the most interesting item in this square.  The astronomical clock was installed in 1410 making it the world's third oldest astronomical clock and is the oldest one that is still working.  Mounted on the southern wall of Old Town City Hall.  Be sure to come on the hour to see an hourly clockwork show.

You can get a bird's eye view of the square by visiting the Old Town Hall located in the square itself.

Be sure to come back next Monday for another Future POI.