Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, Prague

The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn dominates in the Old Town Square, central Prague. One can see this church from afar, especially due to its two spires, which reminds us of fairy tale stories, used by Disney or even the Harry Potter series.

Tyn Church was founded in 1385. It used to be the main church of the Protestant Hussites in the Czech capital. It is an imposing Gothic building above the houses around with its high towers. During the reign of George of Podebrady (15th century), a statue of the ruler, called ‘Hussite King’ and a Hussite symbol of a chalice were placed on the church. After the victory of Catholicism in the country in 1620s, the statue was replaced by a Madonna figure and the chalice was made her halo. 

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