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Praha: Staroměstská radnice / The Old Town Hall Tower

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The history of the Old Town Hall began in 1338, when King John of Luxembourg granted Prague’s Old Town the right to establish its own administrative centre. The original basis for the town hall became the gothic house of the wealthy merchant Wolflin of Kamen, for whom a stately tower was built in 1364.
The Old Town Hall is associated with the most significant events in the country’s history. This is the place where the king of Bohemia George of Poděbrady was selected in 1458. After the Battle of White Mountain, the leading participants in a revolt were imprisoned here. Twenty seven of these were subsequently executed on 21 June 1621 in front of the Town Hall.
When the four districts of Prague merged in 1784, the Town Hall became the seat of the city’s unified official administration. At that time, the building underwent many alterations. Weddings have been held at the Town Hall since 1871. At the end of the Second World War, the Town Hall was the focal point of an insurrection, and the Czech National Committee directed operations from its basement.
On 7 May 1945, the Town Hall was bombarded by tanks. In the conflagration that followed, the eastern and northern wings of the building, opposite Týn Church, were completely destroyed. The tower with the Astrological Clock and a chapel were also heavily damaged.
Source of this text: Prague Information Service

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Comments (167)

jades1111 on November 2, 2013

Prima Ansicht, LIKE und beste Grüße

Rafael Saludes on November 21, 2013

Premysl. Excellent shot of an outstanding churh and tower with a lot of historical events. Like so much added documentation. Regards. Rafael.

François Roux on November 22, 2013

Magnifique vue de cette vieille tour ! L Amitiés. F

Alexander Moser on November 26, 2013

Wonderful old Prague! LIKE! Dear Premysl, thank you for visiting, Greetings from Austria, Alexander

Frank T. Schmelz on April 4, 2014

Excellent shot, Premysl, a real masterpiece!
Best wishes

helio freire da silv… on July 25, 2014

L+F! Congratulations!

Karl Pallinger on May 27, 2015

wunderschön!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! L&F viele Grüße, karl

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Photo taken in Old Town, 110 00 Prague-Prague 1, Czech Republic

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  • Uploaded on March 19, 2013
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    by Premysl
    • Camera: Canon EOS 1100D
    • Taken on 2013/03/02 08:54:11
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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