Prague Towers (10) – St. Henry’s Tower


Top of the spire on the St. Henry tower

St. Henry’s tower is the highest standalone bellfry in Prague. It is 213 ft (65.7 m) high and you don’t have to climb it, as there is a lift inside the tower. The tower was originally built as a bellfry for the church of St. Henry (Jindřich in Czech) and St. Kunhuta in gothic style in 1472-1476.  It was built from sandstone with wooden and shale roof. The tower served as a guarding tower in 1648, when Prague was attacked by Swedish army at the end of 30 years war and it was badly damaged by it, next damage was done in 1757 by Prussian army and in 1801 big storm ruined the narrow spire.


View to Jindřišská (Henry’s) street, direction Wenceslass Square


From top left: National Museum at the horizon, Main Train station, small garden hidden between buildings, Prague roofs

Therefore in 1876-1879 there was a big neogothic reconstruction done by Josef Mocker. Even bigger changes were done at the beginning of the 3rd millenium (around 2001), when challenging project was realised.


View to Prague Castle and the Old Town

Now the tower is used as a multifunctional object, there is a museum, restaurant, bar, whiskeria, small music hall. All the changes had to be done without a harm to the old building. Thus the new tower was built inside the old case, in the space of 22 ft x 28 ft (6.7 m x 8.5 m), with 12 floors (one underground), lift and stairs in the middle.


From top left: Senovážné square, old gutter, pink building, Czech National Bank in the middle, above it is a Powder Tower

The oldest bell in the tower is Maria from 1518, the biggest is Henry from 1680, the newest is Dominik from 1850. New glockenspiel was placed in the tower attic in 2003, done by master Manoušek in cooperation with dutch bell company Royal Eijbouts.


Original roof attic from 19 century, now used as a small concert hall

Next time we won’t climb the stairs again, we will take a lift to the hight TV tower at the horizon, as seen from St. Henry’s Tower:

Tower in Prague view

Direction Žižkov

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
10 St. Henry’s Tower


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cariwiese
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 13:17:26

    This is beautiful! I love the photos and the history. Thank you for liking my blog post Visit to King Estate Winery: Tour, Tasting, and Romance.


  2. teddytom4u
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 13:34:39

    most wonderfulous blog, did not know the hstory of Jindrichs tower at all. fank you!!!!
    ❤ doucette


  3. janalinesmalman
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 13:53:44

    The city Prague looks stunning from your photos!! You really do manage to capture the feeling of the city in your photos!!


  4. vivekav
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 16:23:11

    Stunning city … beautiful photos … you are not short of objects to put your eyes and camera against. View to Jindřišská – is my favorite today.


  5. Rajat Chauhan
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 06:15:13

    vow…i like the picture..thanks for the sare


  6. ThExpat
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 11:59:21

    Thanks for sharing, my next trip to Prague is to see you from the top not walking between the narrow street 🙂


  7. sassiitalytours
    Mar 20, 2013 @ 17:54:48

    Wow! Great pics. I hear nothing but good things about Prague. If I can make it there eventually we’re definitely hitting you up for a tour!


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