The Fairytale Square

The Old Town Square is one of the main attractions in Prague, and despite the herds of tourists and overly priced tourist trap restaurants, it still had fairytale charm. Every building was a different color, with different designs and different styles.

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These buildings looked like illustrations straight out of a fairytale book, each telling their own story.

This terracotta-colored building was one of my favorites, showcasing coats of arms in a row across the top, and gold accents in the main windows.

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I could not stop taking photos; I wanted to capture every unique building!

Regardless of the fact that it is listed as one of the most disappointing attractions ever, the Astronomical Clock still lures in tons of tourists for its hourly “show,” consisting of figures spinning and popping their heads through the windows. Although most people find the show to be anticlimactic, our tour guide convinced us that it is actually a very impressive and intricate mechanism that is hundreds of years old. The clock displays the time according to the Old Czech time scale, which sets 24:00 o’clock at sunset and consists of numbers 1-24.

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Church of Our Lady is a gothic church built in the 14th century. Its striking and prominent features remind me greatly of the castles and towers you read about in fairytale books. It is unlike any building I have seen before. I’ll say it again- I am so amazed by the architecture of these historic European cities. You don’t see this in the US; some of these buildings are older than our country itself!

This is the Jan Hus Memorial. Hus was an influential figure in Prague during the 14th and 15th centuries. He symbolizes opposition to the Catholic Church, and thus Habsburg rule of Czech lands. In my history class I learned about the Thirty Years War, which was a religious war between Protestants and Catholics from 1618 to 1648. It is said that the start of the war was triggered in Prague, when Catholic diplomats were pushed out of a third story window. This event is now known as the “Defenestration of Prague.”

Baroque-style Saint Nicholas Church:

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