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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 #34 of 317 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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Virginia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Tyn church is also called the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. Towering over Old Square, the spires can be seen from most everywhere in Prague. Although at first glance, the spires appear to be identical, they are not. They are meant to represent the male and female parts of the world (yin and yang) with the larger side representing... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Almost every tourist in Prague has seen this church's imposing facade. However, far fewer venture inside. This church is another medieval site that deserves attention both for its antiquity and beauty. Inside, not only are the high vaults worth seeing but more so the Baroque sculptural decorations, some of which could be museum pieces. Basically, you'll see this site from... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Prague is full of stunning churches but this one beats the lot! Cant miss it as its right on Old Town Square. A must see on a visit to Prague

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Athens, Greece
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The church is very beautiful on the outside but nothing special on the inside. Its pointy towers are very tall and can really help you orient yourself if you get lost while exploring the alleys near the center.

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Tehran
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The historical Týn Church is a prominent building at the Old Town Square. Built in the fourteenth century, its many spires still tower over the city.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The most recognisable church in Prague, best viewed from the Old Town Square. Built in the 14th C on the site of an earlier church, the outside is gothic and the interior baroque. You can access the church via Tyn Court, which is just off the town square, to the right hand side. The church organ is the oldest in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

One of the more beautiful churches on prague. The best place to take a photo of this church its on the old town square, wait for the sunset to take the photo.

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Alexandria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This beautiful church is visible from far away in Prague. It is the church that inspired the castle in Disney's Sleeping Beauty. When you look at it, you think that it looks familiar but I could not place.it. The entrance is hard to find. I walked around the entire church and finally found it. It is in the square between... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I simply couldn't stop staring at the Church of the Tyn. In the daylight it's gothic architecture overpowers Old Town Square and stares down like the Evil Witch's Castle in every fairy tale you grew up knowing. At night every nook of the spires lights up with a tiny orange glow - magical - eerie and powerful. We scored a... More

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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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