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Old Town Square in the center of Prague
The Old Town Square in the centre of Prague was originally the large marketplace of a lively trading centre on the Vltava River. Several villages on this side and on the other side of the river grew together to form a city. In the middle of the 14th century, the city became not only a political centre, but also a scientific and cultural centre with the founding of Central Europe's first university. In the early evening the square with the Jan-Hus-Monument is still full of people. Surrounded by gothic and baroque houses, thousands of tourists visit this square every day. The two towers of the gothic Church of Our Lady before Teyn rise 80m high and are illuminated by the sun.