Views from the Old Town Hall Tower

A boy looks at the view of Prague from the top of the Old Town Hall Tower.

A boy looks at the view of Prague from the top of the Old Town Hall Tower.

After trekking to the top of the Old Town Hall Tower, the view of sunset was unbelievable and as expected, very photogenic. Crowds of tourists joined me at the top of the tower and I even met a couple from Austin, Texas. It was remarkable getting to see the entire town from the top of Old Town.

Built in 1338, the Old Town Hall Tower was built with the permission of King John of Luxembourg who wanted to establish an administrative centre. In 1364 the tower joined a cluster of homes next door and has since been turned into Old Town Hall and the rest of Old Town Square. All of the buildings were remodeled in 1470 to be in the Gothic style. The Old Town Hall was the location for several significant moments in Czech history including the selection of  the king of Bohemia, George of Podebrady in 1458.  When the four districts of Prague merged in 1784, the Town Hall became the seat of the city’s official administration. In May 1945 the Town was bombarded with tanks and east and northern wings of the Old Town Hall building were destroyed.

Today the Old Town Hall Tower is one of the main attractions in Prague. Many weddings are now held at the Town Hall and have been since 1871.

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