Old Town Square, Discover Its Beauty
The old town square is also called Staromestske Namesti situated central square of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The old town square is the top-most attraction of tourists. You can not miss it if you are coming to Prague or planning so. I had the most fantastic experience with it.
Attractions of Old Town Square are below.
Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square
This astronomical clock is the jewel of Prague. This Clock is the oldest astronomical in the world still is in use. This is the must-see destination in Prague.
The Astronomical Clock was decorated with the best-experienced artists in the 15th century. This clock is not only telling the time and date of central Europe, Sideral and Babylonian but also has many functions. It also tracks the Sun and Moon in the sky and shows different astronomical details.
What Legends Say about Astronomical Clock History
According to the study this clock was built in 1410 by clock master Hanuš. As legends say the city councillors were worried about the thought of Hanuš, maybe he could make another similar clock for another city, so they had blinded him to maintain the uniqueness of Astronomical Clock. Hanuš didn’t like the action of councillors and broke the mechanism of the clock in revenge. And it took almost over 100 years to make it work again.
Even though it doesn’t matter what legends say about the history in front of the unquestionable beauty of the Astronomical Clock. Every hour the Astronomical Clock goes into action by moving and shaking bells a day from 9 am to 11 pm (time depends on the season).
You can go up the Astronomical Clock tower (for this you will have to buy a ticket to enter the tower) by elevator or enjoy the stairs and reward yourself with a great view of the city & Astronomical Clock’s mechanism.
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I describe the clock as much I can but can not express in the words it’s all charm and beauty. You must experience the real spectacular of the Astronomical Clock to get a real grasp of history.
Historical buildings Around the Old Town Square
This town square is surrounded by magnificent Medieval buildings. Most of the buildings were built in the 18th century, but they are still amazing with their rich decoration and architecture. One of them is Kinsky Palace is the largest building and serves as a state-owned art gallery and cultural institution nowadays. You can find it the most extensive art collection in Central Europe.
In the centre of the old square, there is Jan Hus Memorial; he was a Church reformer in Czech executed in 1914. Jan Hus is proudly looking towards the Church of Our Lady before Tyn in Statue.
The House of Stone Bell is situated next to Kinsky Palace. It was the temporary residence for royal families and was built in the 14th century. This building was initially Gothic, but later on, reconstruction changed the appearance of its exterior. A bell is embedded into a corner of the outside of the building.
Christmas and Easter Market
You can find Christmas and Easter markets at multiple locations in Prague. The market located in Old Town Square attracts most visitors. There are no specific dates decided for this market because it depends on Easter.
You will see market stocked with handcrafted local jewellery, embroidered lace, wooden toys, aromatic candles, puppets, wooden dolls in traditional costume and many more cultural symbols. The main attraction of Easter eggs, made of wood and painted in vibrant colours.
You can enjoy the local food and drinks, much of the food cooked or make in front of you. Don’t you think shopping is much more helpful to have a beer or a cup of hot chocolate?
If you are parents, then your kids are going to enjoy music and dance. From around the world, children come to Old Town Square to perform on the stage in the late afternoons. There are many chances for your kids to show their creativity by making ribbons flowers, Easter eggs, painting Easter or join the workshops for the same.
I found this market is more than shopping. I learned about the Czech Tradition and culture.
How to reach:- The nearest station is Staromestska, It is on metro Line A Or by tram no nine at Simchovske Nadrazi station. There is need to pay any entry fee for Old Town Square. Yay!!
The Old Town Square is the heart of Prague and a perfect palace with a beautiful advent atmosphere and rich history. It is one of the greatest tourist attractions and highlighted Old Town Hall and one of the most photogenic places in the city. Try to visit there a weekday to avoid the crowds of the weekdays. It is worth it to see the square and surroundings at dusk.