Prague Towers (8) – Old Town Townhall Tower

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Tower from the Old Town Square

Today we are back at the tower, about which I already wrote here, this tower is one of the most important ones and the view from its top is incredible. The tower was built in 14th century in gothic style, with a beautiful chapel and an astronomical clock, done by Mikuláš from Kadaň and later reworked by Mr. Hanuš. If you are an astronom, you can enjoy all the “measurements” that astronomical clock (“orloj” in Czech) offers.
In this post I want to show you the tower from the bottom to the top, so let’s start under the tower, where you can find a unique sewage system. There is sewage nodal point 7 metres bellow the ground, where 3 lines join into one. Unfortunatelly, this underground is opened only on special days, but when you buy the ticket for the tower, the entrance is exactly there, behind pannels.

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Old sewage system

On the left side from the Astronomical clock there is a beautiful gothic portal and the hall behind it is decorated with colorful mosaics showing the glory of Prague. That’s the hall which is most often used as the exit from the tower and town hall complex.

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Mosaics

The entrance to the tower is from the tourist information center, red building on the right side from the astronomical clock, whilst the ticket office is in the small door on the right side from the clock. You follow the arrows, then you can take a first lift, going up just 2 floors and then you go to the tower, inside of which is another lift (check my post here), this one goes through the tower to the top of it.

The best time for the visit is a quarter to the full hour, when most of the tourists are waiting down for Orloj show. After the show they are going up and the place can be really crowdy. The tower is 69.5 m (228 ft) high and it doesn’t have stairs, just a ramp which you can climb in case you don’t want to take a lift.

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View to Petřín hill, how many towers I wrote about are on this shot?

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Prague Castle and church of Our Lady in front of the Tyn at the Old Town square

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St. Nicholas at the Old Town and Pařížská (Parisien) street, the most posh street in Prague

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St. Nicholas and Prague castle by night

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Direction south by day and by night, don’t miss the beautiful terrace restaurant at the roofs, brilliant view from there (Hotel U Prince)

Our next tower is Powder Tower, the entrance to the Prague Old Town:

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Direction – Powder Tower (the dark one)

The whole series to be found here

1 Introduction
2 Bell Tower of St. Vitus Cathedral
3 Petřín Watchtower
4 St. Nicholas Bellfry
5 Little Quarter’s Bridge Tower
6 Old Town’s Bridge Tower
7 Astronomical Klementinum Tower
8 Tower of the Old Town Townhall
9 Powder Tower

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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Madhu
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 10:41:09

    Thank you for such a comprehensive ‘tour’ of the clock tower and the gorgeous pictures Katy 🙂

    Reply

  2. Photography Journal Blog
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 13:58:09

    Such beautiful photos!

    Reply

  3. rommel
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 16:55:46

    Incredibly beautiful, awesome images esp. of those overlooking ones. I enjoyed Prague for the architechture, and food! The sewage system you have shown here is a leeching field. Military servicemen still make that kind of sewage system when they are in isolated places.

    Reply

  4. anisjarossi
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 17:14:41

    Always very good photos and interesting informations.

    Reply

  5. Imelda
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 17:56:29

    lovely place. 🙂

    Reply

  6. lingeringvisions
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 04:00:59

    So so VERY beautiful!

    Reply

  7. Clanmother
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 06:02:57

    I have enjoyed following your blog! You live in an incredibly beautiful country…

    Reply

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