Friday, July 13, 2012

Prague, Old Town Square

The Old Town Square of Prague was, quite literally, mind-blowing.
ok, not literally,
but this expression definitely suits this history-packed European city center.

Like the bridge,
I also frequented this part of Prague often,
usually several times each day I was there.
I was not the only one,
the other tourists liked it too,
and I found that walking in this area was slow and difficult.
The thousands of other people, all around me,
did not take away much from this place, however,
and, I still can't imagine a more beautiful place so rich with history.
(and, though I have not seen all of Europe, Prague is still my favorite)

Týn Church- work on this church started in the14th century in the late gothic style. By the beginning of the 15th century, work on this church was nearly complete- with only the towers, gables, and roof missing.  These missing pieces were completed by 1511.  In 1679, the church was hit by lightening.  The fire resulting from this strike heavily damaged the old vault and was later replaced by lower baroque vault.

Astronomical clock- first installed in 1410, it is the third oldest astronomical clock in the world, and the oldest one still working.  I will be completely honest, I have no idea how it works.  However, based on the loads and loads of people gawking at it all day long, I assume it's a pretty big deal.


There is not one part of Prague I did not enjoy. 
honestly, it was that amazing.

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Kat said...

Wow, this place (and your gorgeous photos of it) IS mind blowing. Incredible that the church from 1400's is still standing. The clock looks amazing!

Courtney. said...

I'm loving your travel posts! The pictures are amazing!

Sarah and Stewart said...

Wow that clock tower is amazing and your pictures are awesome as usual. I always want to go traveling after I read your blog!

ruthy ann said...

what a stunning city!! great shots!

Casey said...

Ahh love the photos! And I agree, Prague's old town square is pretty darn mind-blowing! We were just there over Memorial Day weekend and loved every second of exploring that city. I have like 47,000 pictures of Charles bridge. Seriously, it's ridiculous. Needless to say, it's definitely one of our favorite cities in Europe!

McKenzie said...

Gorgeous photos! Prague seems like an amazing place. I definitely have it at the top of my list of places to go once I move to Europe in September! I love your travel posts, so please keep them coming :)

Alex said...

Prague looks like it's straight from a fairy tale. I wish I hadn't visited at the end of a month long trip because I don't think I appreciated it as much as I could have [due to being so tired and ready to get home]. Just means I have to go back, right??

Maria said...

Wow, this makes me want to visit Prague so much more now. You did such a great job of capturing its beauty.

Kristine said...

It all looks so amazing. You're pictures are breathtaking! I know two girls studying abroad there right now! Such a small world.

Little Lady said... so incredibly jealous. What are you there for?

Erinn said...

I did Sunday social today and Prague was on my list of places I'd love to visit. I missed this post but seeing all of the pictures just makes me want to go there more! It's just looks so nostalgic and magical to me for some reason.

Anonymous said...

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

These pictures are so beyond gorgeous, there are no words!

Rhe Christine said...

gosh that is amazing. thank you for these pictures!

Lauren Townsend said...

I'm so jealous! Prague is definitely on my travel list.

Batang Biyahera said...

Haven't visit Prague yet even though I'm living in Berlin for 4 years. I love the style of your pictures and your blog is great! xo