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

Address: Staromestske namesti | Stare Mesto (Old Town), Prague, Czech Republic (Praha 1)
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Ranked #22 of 293 Attractions in Prague
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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...
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Hours:
Tue - Sat 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Visiting this church was a very personal experience for me - my mother had been aware of this church and was always mentioning it to me. When I went to Prague, I knew I had to visit it-- for her. The moment I climbed the steps that lead up to the church, it started snowing. It was the only moment... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This was the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle. Its Gothic facade possesses a magical persona, while its interior is gorgeously ornate. Tyn Church is located on the southeastern corner of Old Town Square, across from the Astronomical Clock on the southwestern corner. The entrance is located on the side, but don't bother going inside if you're short on time.... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This Gothic church has spectacular 80m high twin towers and can be seen from miles around, and according to our guide on an earlier walking tour, gave Walt Disney the idea of his fairy castle! The exterior also looks magnificent at night as all the windows are lit by orange lights, making it definitely look like a fairy tale castle... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The architecture is definitely worth a shot. It is unfortunate though, that the entrance is not as magnificent as what other churches might have. It is even harder to find, I have to circle the block for 1 round and still couldn't find it. Go up the Astronomical Tower to get a great view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Really a fascinating church! It appears so dark and gothic...and yet beautiful all at the same time. Take a few minutes to note all of the features that make it such an incredible church.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely stunning church. Perhaps not the prettiest in the city but a visit to the Old Town would not be complete without popping in. Recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

It overlooks the Old Square and it looks stunning. We didn't pay anything to go inside but there was no older with information about the church and it's history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This church is one of the most impressive we've seem in Europe. The attention to detail really stands out on this structure and you stand in awe of the design. You really get a sense of the old world feel as you gaze upon the aging stone walkways surrounding the structure. The entrance is hard to find but totally worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The view of the church dominates the old town square. The entrance is a little difficult to find (a local told us how to find it). Once there you will appreciate the beauty of this old church.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Once we found the front door, we entered a very impressive symbol of our church. To find it, enter between the table of the outside restaurants off the square. You go by a book store on the left and then straight back to enter. It is surprising what is hidden behind that entrance. The inside is as impressive as the... More 

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