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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 #24 of 269 attractions in Prague
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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San Antonio
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

My husband and I loved looking at this beautiful church. We took hundreds of pictures of it during our 4 day stay in Prague. It is just as lovely in the night illuminated against the dark sky.

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

Difficult to find the entrance which is between the cafes. Worth going in as the gothic exterior isnt necessarily matched inside. Really enjoyed it.

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Tampa, Florida
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170 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

It's the main focal point of Old Town Square. There is no way to miss this towering structure. I couldn't help but be wowed by it's presence. I certainly wasn't the only one. Everyone appears to be stunned as they marvel at the beauty of it all. It's a church, but the towers make it look more like one of... More

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San Francisco, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
40 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

In day or night, this church is spectacular. It dominates the Old Town Square and it's towers are high enough that one can orient one's self around the city merely by its presence. Be sure to view it both in day and night.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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248 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

It is the most obvious building you see from Old town square and quite stunning,love wandering past this great building.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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66 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Most of this church is blocked off at the ground level by surrounding buildings, and though we tried to get inside three different times during our month-long stay, it was never open. We could peek through the doors but that was it. It looked nice inside but nothing that would take your breath away if you are accustomed to European... More

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Danmark
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I visited this Church two times in my 4 days stay in Prague.It is a very historical and beautyful cathedral and it is defently worth a visit.I recomend it highly..

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Donaghadee
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

The dark towering spires of this church overlook the Old Town Square, and are beautifully lit at night. Surprising, it is accessed from the square by way of an arcade between buildings in front of it. But, once inside, the beauty of the building has to be seen to be believed. It is massive, with lofty domes and vaults and... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

I lived in Prague for 2.5 years, and still get to visit from time to time - mostly on business. This building remains one of my favourite places in the world - stunning to look at it towering over the medieval square. Well lit-up in the evening allowing some great photos, but the best time to view it is early... More

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New York City, New York
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The intricate towers on this church (best viewed from the top of the town hall tower across the square) are more interesting than the inside of the church. It's very dark and there are much more beautiful examples of baroque design elsewhere.

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