Týn Cathedral - Church of the Mother of God in front of Týn Prague
One of the most important churches in Prague is certainly the Church of the Mother of God before Týn, the core of which dates from the Romanesque period, when it was still divided into a hospital of merchants in the places where Ungelt can be found today, and got its name from Týnský dvor - Ungelt.
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Interesting facts Týn Cathedral - Church of the Mother of God in front of Týn Prague
The first mention of the original Romanesque church dates from 1135 and the construction of the church as we know it today began in the mid-14th century. In 1457, the construction of the truss was completed, and in the following years a western gable was built with a statue of King George of Poděbrady, a large golden chalice and the inscription "Veritas vincit" (the truth wins).
During Hussite times, the Church of the Mother of God in front of Týn was used as the main church, in which Jan Milíč of Kroměříž, Konrád Waldhauser and Jan Rokycana preached, who is buried in the Týn Church.
From 1623, the church began to serve the Jesuits, who three years later, instead of the statue of King George of Poděbrady, placed in the gable the figure of the Madonna and the halo, which was made of a golden chalice.
The northern portal of the church, which is the work of the Parles smelter, is certainly the most beautiful of all the portals of the church. It was created from the 1480s until its end, and the perfectly executed sculptural decoration on it is protected by canopies. The relief sculptural decorations in the area of the tympanum, depicting the Scourging, the Crowning with Thorns and the Crucifixion, are among the most impressive works of Gothic sculpture in our territory.
Equally impressive is the interior of the church, which houses a total of 19 beautifully sculpturally decorated altars, of which the main and also the most elaborate depicts the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
The Church of the Mother of God in front of Týn is the last resting place of many famous personalities. Tycho de Brahe is one of the most famous.
It is interesting that the towers in the facade of the temple are not the same as it may seem at first glance. One of the towers is more ornate and wider.
Author: Andrea Štyndlov