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Revisiting the Old Town Square, Prague in summer

This square comes alive with a much more exciting buzz in summer. I visited this historic city square three years ago in winter and I was already amazed by the architecture and activities happening all around the square. But the dynamics of activities and the mixture of sounds in the square are totally different in summer.
 Staroměstské Náměstí, Prague
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

I also had the chance this time to go up the Old Town Hall Tower for more stunning views of the square below and a 360deg panoramic view of Prague, the Vltava River and the Castle Hill.

Old Town Square
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Old Town Square, Prague
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Pastel Houses, Old Town Square
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 22mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Church of our Lady Before Týn
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 60mm | 1/125s @ f/5.6 | ISO 100 | Handheld

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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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