Jindrisská Tower – the highest free-standing bell tower in Prague.

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Our today´s article will take us to a place in the neighbourhood of Václavské náměstí (Wenceslas Square). The route will lead from Wenceslas Square along the famous Jindřišská Street towards Senovážné Square. Already from a distance we will spot the highest free-standing bell tower of Prague - Jindřišská Tower(czech: Jindřišská věž), the goal of our today´s wandering on the route of the Prague City Line Prague 1.

All about Jindrisska Tower (Jindřišská věž) read here

History Jindřišská Tower
There used to stand a church of St. Henry and St. Kunhuta here. The church was located between Jindřišská street and the south-eastern part of Senovážné Square and it involved a graveyard, a bell tower, vicarage and a parish school. However, the church had been pulled down and the only part that has been preserved was the bell tower, noted as Jindřišská Tower.

The Gothic bell tower was built between 1472 – 1476. In the time of its emergence it belonged to the property of the order of the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star. The year 1577 was a turning point for the tower received a beautiful clock which was on its sides decorated by colored symbols of the Old Town and New Town and also by he symbols of the Lands of the Bohemian Crown.

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Destructive consequences
The tower went through several changes and in 1648, when Prague was besieged by the Swedish troops, it served as a military watchtower. Unfortunatelly, it was damaged due to the firing actions of the Swedes. Shortly afterwards (1757) Prague was attacked by the Prussian army in so-called battle of Štěrboholy, during which the bell tower was damaged again. The year 1801 was also unlucky. There was a strong windstorm which took the gorgeous Gothic roof down from the tower.

Reconstruction
Between
1876 – 1879 the tower was recontructed in Neo-Gothic style based on the projects of the architect Josef Mocker due to whome it received a scalpriform roof with the  corner turrets. In 1879 when it was finished completely it was reaching nearly sixty-six metres high. These parameters provided it with many supremacies because it became the highest free-standing bell tower of Prague. The next reparations were not so fundamental. They concerned especially the interior, the lift and also new storeys were inbuilt. There is a new view terrace in the tenth floor with a superb view of the whole city centre.

The presence
At present, besides the mentioned tower, we can also find a restaurant and another unique here – the carillon. People have been taking pleasure in this carillon since 2003.

Lucie Niebauerová

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Address:
Jindřišská ulice (Jindrisska street)
Praha 1

GPS: 50° 5′ 6,49“ N, 14° 25′ 48,6“ E

Connection:
Subway/Underground
Line A – Mustek stop/station
Line C – Hlavni nadrazi  stop/station
Tram: number  3, 9, 14, 24 -  Jindrisska stop/station
night line 51,52,54,55,56,58 -  Jindrisska stop/station

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Jindrisska Tower (Jindřišská věž) 50.085179, 14.430070 Jindrisska Tower (Jindřišská věž) The greatest unique and mainly tourist attraction of Jindřišská Tower is surely the carillon which has no equivalent in Europe. We could perhaps compare it to Japanese style carillon. This article will focus on the bells Jindřišská Tower is hiding inside.

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DOWNLOAD: Tourist Guide in the Area

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  Tourist guide PRAGUE CITY LINE - Prague 1 (unknown)

Prague 1 still belongs to one of the most attractive parts of the whole Prague. Probably nowhere else you can find such a concentration of historic monuments and places where the history and romance of bygone times are all around you. Hardly anywhere you can walk on the same paths where were walking Franz Kafka, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the Golem of Prague.

 

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