Alice in the Old Town

Church of Our Lady Before Tyn (Old Town, Prague)

In Czech it is called Kostel Matky Boží před Týnem and has played a prominent part in the city since the 14th Century.  The towers themselves are 80 metres high and there are four distinct spires.  It is a gothic style church on an impressive scale.   The altarpiece is from the baroque period and Karel Skreta’s paintings are evident here.  The church organ was built by Heinrich Mundt in 1673. 

 

Powder Gate (Old Town, Prague)

 In the 17th century the gun powder was stored in the powder gate.  It was originally called the New Gate, but after it was used to store gun powder the name was changed to the Powder Gate.   This gate was one of the 13 entrances into Prague, and dates back to the 11th century.  There are 186 steps in the Powder Gate that leads up to a viewing platform.  It also houses an exhibition on Prague Towers and photography by Ladislav Sitensky.  Sitensky was a Czech landscape photographer and he is notable for his work from World War II.

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