12 Dec 17 Yesterday we looked at the north portal of Church of Our Lady before Týn which is also known as the Church of Mother of God before Týn or sometimes just Týn. It has been the main church of the Old Town section of the city since the 14th century. The two twin spires rise to a height of 80 meters and each is topped by a set of four small spires. The face of the church faces west out onto the square and looking in the direction of the Vltava River, also called the Czech national river, and immortalized by Smetana in his tome poem The Moldau, yet another name for the river. The area holding the church was occupied in the 11th century by a Romanesque church built there for foreign merchants. That church was to be replaced by an earlier version of the current church in 1256 and then that replaced by the current edifice starting in the early 14th century requiring two centuries to complete, the southern tower not being finished until 1511. The building originally held the sculpture of George of Podebrady (1453 - 1471) a Hussein and a huge golden chalice which was the symbol of the Hussites. Following the lost battle of White Mountain in 1620, the era of the harsh recatholicisation, part of the Counter-Reformation, the sculpture of the heretic king and the chalice were removed in 1626 and replaced with a sculpture of the Virgin Mary with a giant halo rendered from melting down the chalice. She is strikingly visible centered between the two towers roughly at their base. The church was heavily damaged by fire following a lightening strike in 1679; renovation work was carried out in 1876 - 1895, and again in 1973 - 1995. Interior renovation is ongoing. Not fully comprehending what it was I was photographing, we never went inside and that was a terrible mistake. Now we really need to go back. The houses (buildings) immediately in front of the church prevent getting a full photo of the front, so what I'm sharing is as good as it gets. The fountain at the bottom of the frame is a memorial to Jan Huss, who is credited with bringing Christianity to the area. More about the man and the fountain in another mailing.
I had to straighten, skew, and crop this to compensate for the sloppiness of the photographer. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture priority; ISO 400; 1/1250 sec @ f / 8.