Old Town Hall
Latitude / Longitude: 50.08717, 14.42062
Old Town City Hall is listed in the Czech national cultural heritage and as a part of Stare Mesto (Old Town) in the UNESCO list. Since its foundation in the year 1338 it became the centre of authority of Old Town Prague while undergoing alterations in every architectural style along the way.
Visiting Old Town City Hall is great experience for anybody who loves our older history such as the era of Jiri of Podebrad and the year of the Battle of Bila Hora (White Mountain). For people who recall the twentieth century the Old Town Hall was one of the centers of resistance in the face of the Nazi occupation and the secret underground residence of the Czech National Council.
At present the tower itself offers fantastic views over Old Town Square and beyond, while on the ground level guided sight-seeing tours are possibility where you can visit the halls, chapel and underground crypt. The exposition area includes the historical Brozik Hall and Jirik Hall and the gothic chapel with its 12 apostles.
The Exhibition spaces includes the Cross Corridor and Knights Hall on the first floor, the Exhibition Hall plus the Architecture Hall on the second floor. The Town City Hall displays on its south side a unique astronomical clock which you can admire without even having to go inside the tower. This was manufactured in the year 1410 by Mikulas of Kadan and every hour from 9 am till 9 pm the 12 apostles appear. Following them are figurines representing allegorical stories from Czech history the names of whom are the Skeleton, the Turk, the Miser, the Coxcomb, the Cock, the Philosopher, the Astronomer, the Chronicler and Michael the Archangel. Finally the astronomical clock also has a dial representing the signs of the zodiac.
Tower of the Old Town Hall gives visitor magnificent views on Old Town and Staromestske namesti (Old Town Square) which is the most important square of the oldest part of the royal town of Prague and the centre of its history, which included royal weddings, the election of the king and executions. Coronation processions used to pass through the square.
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