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Old Town Square

Old Town Square draws the greatest number of visitors in Prague as it boasts meticulously preserved buildings and monuments: the Church of Our Lady in front of Tyn, The Old Town City Hall and the Baroque church St. Nicolas. One building that truly dominates the square is the Old Town City Hall, which dates back to 1338. In 1410 the astronomical clock was added to the Hall with a chronometer and the zodiac below; this clock is a worldwide attraction and one of the signature stops on your visit to Prague. Hundreds of people gather at the start of every hour to see the elaborate installation with its centerpiece, the 12 apostles rotating inside the clock. The building was badly damaged during World War II; however, the remainder of the building was carefully restored to its former days of glory. The city government is long gone from the Old Town City Hall; it is now used for tourism and is the most famous place is Prague to get married. If you climb the tower you can enjoy truly breathtaking views of the square and see why Prague is called the city of 1000 spires. 

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