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Church of the Virgin Mary Before Tyn ( Kostel Panny Marie pred Tynem)

Staromestske namesti | Stare Mesto (Old Town), Prague, Czech Republic (Praha 1)
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As featured in 3 days in Prague
Ranked #32 of 303 attractions in Prague
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Fee: No
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... more » 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. « less
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Don't make the mistake of walking up to the church's facade and expect to find a grand entrance. The "front" entry is underwhelming and nonfunctional. Go around to the side for the entrance.

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Palermo, Italy
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A very central church, just as amazing as the rest of Prague. Wonderful above all during the night!!!

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New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I felt like I was in the set of Harry potter movie. So magical and unreal! This church is right near the old town square and at night from the old town square you can see the beautiful lights change colors on the entire tower of the church.

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Visit Staromestske namesti at night. That place is fantastic, breathtaking, and the church is part of it. I visited that square many times, even alone. Visit it at night, you won't regret it, I guarantee that. Thank me later!

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Kansas City
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97 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Old Town Square is incredibly scenic on its own. This is one of my favorite landmarks in the Square. Really like the Gothic look of this church juxtapositioned against the other Euro buildings.

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Woy Woy, Australia
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This church really stands out in old town square. Prague has some great architecture but this is my favourite.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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29 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The entrance to this beautiful church is hidden up an alleyway between a restaurant and a shop, there are reasons for this, but you need a good guide to learn why. Inside is stunning, photography is not permitted but you would be unable to get pictures as good as the postcards that are available at the door anyway.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The entrance to this grand and beautiful church is up an alley tucked between restaurants on the old town square. Which is ironic because its iconic towers dominate the landscape below. But it is worth the slight effort to find it and take a stroll around the interior. It's black and gold motif has been beautifully restored, and you can... More

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Columbia, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Very cool church that overlooks the square. Unique towers that cannot be missed from the square and most of Prague. The interior of the church is very nice as well, just kind of hard to find as it is tucked between two buildings.

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Barcelona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Cannot miss it, the twin towers are very beautiful and are part of the Prague city "skyline"! the only "cons" is that you can't enter into.

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