Tyn Cathedral, whose full name is The Church of Our Lady before Tyn, is a magnificent example of Gothic architecture. Its construction commenced in 1365 but was not completed until the 15th century when the roof and the western gable were added.
Tyn Cathedral was not the first church to be built on the site. It immediately replaced another gothic church, which was constructed in 1256 and this in turn replaced a Romanesque church that had been on the site since the 11th century. Over the centuries, several renovations and additions have been carried out, each influenced by different architectural periods.
The cathedral is situated in the historical Old Town Square where its soaring towering spires dominate the skyline. Although the towers look the same, there are subtle differences. The construction of one of them is more solid than the other, and this is supposed to represent masculine strength.
Notable features within the cathedral include the Baroque altar and dome, the 17th century organ by Heinrich Mundt and the marble tomb that contains the body of the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, who died in 1601.
There is also a series of beautiful Czech medieval sculptures depicting scenes from the Passion of Christ and include the Flagellation, Crowning of Thorns and the Crucifixion.
Although it is now a Catholic Cathedral, in the 15th century, it had been used by the Hussite reformist movement as their church and Jus Hus their leader lived here for several years.
The cathedral looks particularly spectacular at night, as it is flooded with light. It is a fully operational church and services are regularly held here. Visitors should show respect while services are underway.
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