The Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti) is one of two main squares in the city center (the other is Wenceslas Square, only 5 minutes walk away). With its ancient buildings, magnificent churches, cobble stones, horse drawn carriages, restaurants and cafes, this is one of the most beautiful historical sights in Europe.
Dating back to the late 12th century, the Old Town Square started life as the central marketplace for Prague. Over the next few centuries, many buildings of Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic styles were erected around the market, each bringing with them stories of wealthy merchants, intrigue and even legends of ghosts!
The Old Town Square's most notable sights are the “Church of Our Lady before Tyn”, the “Old Town Hall with the Astronomical Tower and Clock (Orloj) and the beautiful St. Nicholas Church.
It is the oldest square in Prague and considered the center of the city.
At the center of the Old Town Square is the Jan Hus statue, erected on the 6th July 1915 to mark the 500th anniversary of the reformer’s death.