1385 – Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, Prague, Czech Republic
The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn (Tà½nskà½ Chrám) dominates one side of the Old Town Square. The spires of this powerful looking Gothic church (with a Baroque interior) can be seen from all over Prague.
The church was founded in 1385 during a tumultuous period when “˜heretic’ Hussites were being slaughtered by the ruling Roman Catholics. As part of this, Catholic Jesuits took over the church, recasting the bell and replacing the Hussites symbolic chalice with a large figure of Mary nailed between the towers.