is well known among beer connoisseurs as the home of the Pilsner
Urquell brand Czech beer, as well as the birthplace of the pilsner
type of beer. Really, beer is a central theme to the city, and
the two have been entwined since its very beginning in 1295.
As for the pilsner beer which draws its name from the very town
which first produced it, it was first brewed in 1842.
The main highlights of the Pilsen City Center are the Town Hall and
St. Bartholomew's Church.
The Town Hall dominates the north side of the city square and dates
to 1496. At that time, the people of the city purchased the
largest building in town and converted it into a municipal
The Town hall was damaged in a fire in 1507, but was subsequently
rebuilt by Italian artisans. Further additions were made in
the 19th Century, and then at the turn of the 20th Century the
building again underwent renovations and reconstruction.
The second imposing structure in the city square is St.
Bartholomew's Church, which dates back to the 13th Century.
The same fire of 1507 which destroyed Pilsen's Town Hall damaged the
church and much of it was rebuilt in the 16th Century.
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