Situated in the street of the same name near Wenceslas Square, the Jindřišská Tower (Henry’s Bell Tower) is the highest freestanding bell tower in Prague. Originally, it was used as the bell tower of the Church of St Henry and St Kunhuta, which stands right opposite to it. The Gothic tower was finished in 1476, is 65.7 metres high and has ten floors. In the tower attic, there is a unique carillon with ten bells, the only carillon in Europe designed for listening in the interior of the tower. In addition to rental space, the interior of the tower includes a reception with souvenirs, a café, an exhibition hall, the Museum of Prague Towers with photographs of 120 towers and Zvonice restaurant (on the 9th floor) with the original St Mary’s Bell. The top floor offers an amazing view of the city’s skyline – from the Žižkov Television Tower and Petřín Hill to Prague Castle and further across the historic roofs of Prague.
Address: Jindřišská 2122/33, Praha 1
GPS coordinates: 50.0850847N, 14.4300153E
PUBLIC TRANSPORT CONNECTIONS
The closest public transport stops near the Jindřišská Tower:
- Jindřišská tram stop
- Masarykovo nádraží tram stop
- Můstek metro station (Line A – green line)
- Náměstí Republiky metro station (Line B – yellow line)
- Hlavní nádraží metro station (Line C – Red Line)
OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION
For up-to-date information about the admission fees and opening hours of the Jindřišská Tower, see http://jindrisskavez.cz/index.php/en/.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT JINDŘIŠSKÁ TOWER
A bell tower was originally designed to be part of the Church of St Henry and St Kunhuta. However, the perimeter walls were not strong enough to carry the heavy bells. That’s why a separate bell tower was built opposite the church – the Jindřišská Tower. The heaviest bell is called Jindřich (Henry), weights 3,350kg and was made in 1680. Another bell is called Dominik (made in 1850) and weights 1,000kg. The last and oldest bell is called Maria and dates back to 1518. The Jindřišská Tower was severely damaged several times due to bad weather and by bombing. At the end of the Thirty Years’ War, it was used as a military guardhouse and was damaged by the Swedish artillery. Between 1849 and 1879, it was reconstructed by architect Josef Mockner.
JINDŘIŠSKÁ TOWER AND NEARBY HISTORICAL SIGHTS
When visiting the Jindřišská Tower, there are plenty of other interesting historical sights nearby to explore, including the Church of St Henry and Kunhuta, the Republic Square, the Powder Tower, the Municipal House, the Hybernia Theatre, Wenceslas Square, the Museum of Communism, the National Museum and many others.