House at the Stone Bell, Prague City Gallery

system of cellars

Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Photos: Vladimír Lacena (OHP)

Transport: metro / tram (Staroměstská) / metro (Můstek)
Visiting Method: free entry

Address: Old Town Square 605/13, Praha 1-Old Town (entrance from the street Týnská)
Year: second half of the 14th century; 1975–1987 (last restoration)
Architects: unknown

This house in the Old Town Square takes its name from the stone bell that is placed into the house’s corner, and its origins go way back to the Middle Ages. Thanks to chronicles, we know for sure that the house used to serve as a luxurious Gothic residency for temporary accommodation of some of Czech history’s famous figures, Elizabeth of Bohemia and John of Luxembourg, after the royal palace at Prague Castle had been destroyed by a fire. It is likely that this house was where their son Wenceslas, who later became Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, was born on May 16, 1316. The reconstruction of the house that took place in the second half of the 20th century erased all historical layers that had been put there over time and restored the Gothic façade. We invite you to explore the house’s unique Romanesque cellar.