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The Old Town Square in Prague’s Old Town or Staré město is one of the most interesting religious and civic squares in Europe. Built in the 14th century, it is perhaps the most eclectic of public spaces from an architectural viewpoint – encapsulating a diversity of architectural styles from Gothic to Late Baroque. Originally a marketplace in the medieval period, it became the civic town centre after the Town Hall was built. It is now a pedestrian precinct lined with a series of mansions, churches and public buildings erected in different periods but somehow unified by the pastel plastering.

On the eastern side of the square are two architectural landmarks: the Gothic Church of Our Lady Before Týn (c. mid-14th century) and Kinský Palace (c. 1765) with its Rococo facade.

Staroměstské Náměstí, Praha
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 20mm | 1/500s @ f/5.6 | ISO 200 | Handheld

The Church of Our Lady Before Týn, along with the Old Town Hall, dominates this centre of the Old Town.

Church of Our Lady Before Týn
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 44mm | 1/80s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Church of Our Lady Before Týn
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 56mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

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