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Church of Our Lady before Týn (Kostel Matky Boží před Týnem), Prague

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Contact: +420 7 3116 7679
Open Hours: Tu-Sa 10a-1p, 3p-5p, Su 10:30a-12p
This fairy tale Gothic church with its twin towers is an Old Town landmark and its ominous presence has dominated the square for centuries. Most noteworthy on the inside is the tomb of Rudolf II's personal astronomer, Tycho Brahe. When lit up at night, it adds to the magical effect the city has on most visitors. Work on the church began in the first half of the 14th Century, but it was not until the end of the 16th Century that it was completed. Its 80-meter (262.5-foot) towers topped by four small spires were customary during the reign of Emperor Charles IV. There is no entry fee, but a donation of CZK20 is recommended.