Church of Our Lady before Tyn

Church of Our Lady before Tyn

Church of Our Lady before Tyn
4.5
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
About
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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Neighborhood: Stare Mesto (Old Town)
One of the oldest neighborhoods in town represents the medieval heart of Prague. It’s no surprise it is bustling with tourists every time of day. Križovnický square, overlooking Charles Bridge with Prague Castle in the background, is probably the most beautiful square in the city. Its unique historical atmosphere of gothic houses and churches, cobblestone streets and squares, and stone towers blend together with the modern era. A vast array of bars, restaurants, dance clubs, international brand shops, galleries and hotels bring life to the old city. With its charming and picturesque cobblestone streets, the nightlife and parties will surely be unforgettable.
How to get there
  • Old Town • 6 min walk
  • bridge • 7 min walk
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  • JJJC_Family
    810 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I really liked this church
    It’s front is hidden behind another building, but its spires let you know something special awaits within. It is somewhat elaborate, but tastefully so. Black and gold is everywhere and it works so well. The moment I walked in I was in love. I suggest you take a look at the photos online. There are some that gives you an excellent feel for the place. I found it elevating and redeeming and profoundly spiritual. This is another church where I could easily see myself attending services regardless of what denomination it is. There is a peacefulness here that is a precursor to contemplation. And as a pure tourist, I just enjoyed walking around, so much so that I kept doing so until they threw my wife and I out as their mid-day siesta started. I intended to return, but alas, we did not. ‘Tis a pity.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2023
  • GAR
    243 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    This is a lovely, quiet church. I thought the entrance was a little difficult to find, as you have to go through a little alleyway. But it was worth the difficulty. The inside is very beautiful, although I think some of the other famous churches in Prague are more ornate
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Cristinel
    Romania200 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Beautiful church looking and guarding Starometske Namesti. Lovely and very quiet inside, worth to get in. Perhaps would have been better to have access straight from the main square but the entrance is from the lateral alley. Anyhow, beautiful.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 20, 2023
  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, Colorado1,384 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick and free stop inside, fantastic from the town square
    If you're in the main town square, it's hard to miss this place. What can be hard to miss is the way to the front door. On the east side of the town square is some restaurants in the buildings in front of the church. You have to go through the archways down the center to get to the alley and the door. Once inside, it's very beautiful. So different than the two large churches across the river. It's much more simple and well lit and a great stop for free when in old town.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 28, 2023
  • PixieLu17
    Carmel, Indiana100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful church
    This beautiful church is free to enter, although they do request a small donation. The altar is stunning. It was tricky to find the entrance. Look for the archway between two awnings of the Italian restaurant in the building directly in front of the church. This archway will lead you to the church. We attended an evening concert here, too. It was a nice way to end a day of sightseeing.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Lisa W
    Wichita Falls, Texas963 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply beautiful
    My husband wanted to go inside entirely to see the grave of Tycho Brahe, the astronomer, but there are many other graves here and so much more to see. There were signs everywhere saying not to take photos, but people were taking them anyway. In any case, this is definitely worth seeing.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Jenny B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Christmas mass at Tyn Church 2023
    We went to Christmas mass at Tyn Church. The service was open to the public and was in Czech with a beautiful choir. The interior of the church is exquisitely ornate. The bells heard in the square made it feel like it must have felt hundreds of years ago. It was amazing.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 3, 2024
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia50,603 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Looks stunning at night
    The huge and imposing church dominates central Prague and looks fantastic in the evening. This church is of Gothic style and was built from the mid-14th to the early 16th centuries. At the end of the 17th century, the interior was transformed into Baroque style. The cathedral serves as an extensive gallery of Gothic, Renaissance and Early Baroque works and the organ within dates back to 1673, and is the oldest in Prague.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 23, 2024
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Silviaf
Newcastle, Australia182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Church stands as an ominous spell on Prague and the rest of the World. It summarizes Prague as the capital of an experiment: find eternal life (the Alchemists) and find automatons that replaced men in menial works...the Golem. The Golem is already with us, not in Prague, but a lot commenced here. And eternal you can only be an eternal travel through space where time is...not our time, as Stephen Hawking beautifully pointed out.
Our LAdy before Tyn has the most extravagant towers that stand against the skyline. They ook like the two towers, Sauron's and Saruman's. They look as if they could be in Mordor, or the North, ruled, now, by Sansa Stark.
But then the inside is baroque. A triumph of gilded wood, the Gothic cancelled by huge and ugly paintings of puffy Madonna and child, adoring saints etc...all the propaganda of the Catholic Church to counteract the severity (and sadness at time) of protestant Europe. The gilded baroque has killed the beauty and the spirit of the Middle Age, when life was tough, and the Gothic cathedrals were built to reach the Universe with their high vaults and slender pillars.
Our LAdy before Tyn is either an absconded message or a fake.
Written February 15, 2020
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The two spires are a prominent part of Prague's panorama. They dominate the Old Time Square. They are strikingly beautifuI, fairytale like, especially at night.

I do not remember when the restaurants appeared and blocked the entrance.
It is not easy to enter the church, find the entrance, and people complain about it.
We have also found the church closed at odd hours, when it was supposed to be open.

The Danish astronomer Tycho de Brahe is buried in this church,
Written September 26, 2020
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TravelerTrecker
Houston842 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is a very beautiful church located in the old town of Prague; it dominates the Jan Huss square. It has two towers that are unique, different, and they remind you the churches of a fairy tale. The church is gothic and the interior is Hussite; it is more sober when compared with other churches and because of the Hussite style is actually unique. The church is also very interesting because the main façade is behind some of the old market stores and the entrance is somewhat difficult to find. The church was built after the market and although centuries ago the plan was to demolish the stores, this was not possible adding to the unique features of this church.

There is no entrance fee. It does not open on Mondays. Although the interior is somewhat dark, the light through the windows in a clear morning makes the church interior magical.
Written January 26, 2023
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand20,173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Once you reach the old town area the Church and its spires are one of the first things that you generally see. Looking around it is hard to see if there is an entrance. You need to go through a passageway in between the restaurants lining the Old Town Square at the base of the church. If you follow that to the end you end up at the entrance of the church. The church itself is quite beautiful on the inside. There is a path that goes around in an anti-clockwise direction so you circle the interior of the church. Just remember to put your phones on silent for people who are praying inside.
Written February 19, 2020
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This is the church with the excellent external turrets, it dominates the old town square and its towers are visible from many parts of the city. It is a surprise therefore to find that the entrace is not actually on the Old Town Square but has some shops in front of it and access is up a narrow alley. The online information says open 10-4. A service was in progress at 11.00 and people were respectfully waiting for this to finish when we arrived at 11.45. Hundreds of people exited. About 25 people then entered the church to be met by a seemingly self ap-pointed altar man who drew a rope barrier across the aisle between the steel internal railings and pointed to a new stuck on sheet of paper saying OPEN 15.00-17.00
New times or just for the day, who knows?
Anyway, the interior is very good with a huge main altar and two impressive altars either side. Along the aisles against pillars are more large altars ensuring that the interior is very good but doesn’t quite match the formidable external appearance.
Written December 17, 2022
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Louise
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
THis beautiful church is difficult to get into; the entry way is down an alley from the covered walkway in front of the shops that but up against the front of the church. When we went the internet said it was open, but we could not enter. Through the doors the interior looked beautiful, it was such a shame we couldn't go in.
Written February 5, 2020
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Brian K
Renfrew, UK667 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Went to visit this church and it was shut . However it reopened at 3 pm so we went back . The entrance is not that obvious but is down a side street and through the souvenir shop . Entrance is free but there are a lot of signs asking for donations to help pay for the renovation work that is going on . Quite a somber building actually . You do a circuit of the church and can admire the side chapels and the alter . You will be in and out in 10 minutes . Very historic and worth a visit .
Written January 17, 2023
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GoGo2SlowGo
Denton, TX1,537 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This church is amazing inside and out. It was built in the 14th century and we took pictures of it from the Charles Bridge. The inside is amazing. We saw the organ right away - it's the oldest in Prague. My favorite Danish astronomer, Tycho de Brahe is buried inside.
Written March 28, 2020
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PixieLu17
Carmel, IN100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This beautiful church is free to enter, although they do request a small donation. The altar is stunning. It was tricky to find the entrance. Look for the archway between two awnings of the Italian restaurant in the building directly in front of the church. This archway will lead you to the church. We attended an evening concert here, too. It was a nice way to end a day of sightseeing.
Written October 4, 2023
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David D
1,205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This magnificent church towers above the main square of the Old Town of Prague, with two fairy-tale spires. The exterior is one of the most recognisable views of the city of Prague and regardless of the lighting, it is a joy to behold.

The interior is reached from the main square by a small corridor past the buildings of the façade. Inside one can see a beautiful Gothic church with mostly Baroque furnishings. One of the most fascinating things that can be seen in this place is the tomb of Tycho Brahe, who was one of the greatest astronomers of his age, and whose observations allowed his pupil Kepler to formulate the Laws of Planetary Motion
Written June 30, 2021
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