Prague Is Burning! New Exhibition About the History of Fires in Prague

Prague is Burning!

Prague is Burning! invites you to an interactive exhibition at The New Mill Water Tower. Come learn about the history of fires in Prague and how this age-old element is an intrinsic part of the city’s story.

The exhibition itself shows fire as quite intrinsic to the history of Prague.

It tells of the danger of fires in bygone centuries, as well as the more recent past, but also of the ways in which the residents of the Capital fought back against this destructive element, the progress of technical capabilities and institutional measures to defend against fires.

The exhibition makes use of digital reproductions of Prague, of Prague’s large fires and of firefighting kit and equipment.

In addition to the specific theme of fire and rallying against it, shown through projections, prints, photographs or historical textbooks for firefighters, and firefighting regulations, the visitor gets to experience what sort of terrible situations Prague’s fires of the medieval or early modern period represented.

Using sensory illusions we are made to feel the threat posed to Prague by fires that engulfed entire neighborhoods.

On 29 July 1819, at about 4:30 pm, lightning set fire to one of the two main towers (the northern one) of Týnský Church. The roof structure burnt down as well as the whole roof and the inside of the northern tower all the way to the vaulting. Attempts to put out the fire kept failing – water from fire engines could not reach the flames. The heat also destroyed the heavy bell. Multitudes of Prague inhabitants watched the destruction and tried to help. 


The National Theatre opened on 11 June 1881 to honour the visit of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria. It staged another dozen performances before the building was closed to enable work on the finishing touches. While the work was underway, a fire broke out on 12 August 1881, which destroyed the copper dome, the auditorium and stage of the theatre. 


  • Address: Nové mlýny 3a, – Nové Město
  • Opening hours: Whole week, 10.00 – 18.00
  • Tickets: basic 150 CZK, reduced 100 CZK, family 350 CZK



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