Prague Castle

St. Vitus Cathedral (Kadedrála Sv. Víta)

St. Vitus CathedralConstruction of the most important dominant of the city started in 1344. The order to build a cathedral at the place where originally stood a basilica came from John of Luxemburg; the building was constructed according to the design of Matthias of Arras. After his death, he was succeeded by a young German architect Peter Parler, whose smelting house was in charge of the works until the Hussite Wars started. However, the cathedral itself hadn´t been completed until the beginning of the 20th century. Coming through the western entrance portal in Neo - Gothic style you enter a thousand year old history of the cathedral. In many chapels alongside the nave are to be seen saintly relics and works of art of various kinds, from Renaissance paintings to modern statues. St. Wenceslaus Chapel and the Golden Gate from the 14th century are worth a visit. Nowadays, the Cathedral houses the crown jewels and tombs of Bohemian kings.

Royal Palace (Královský Palác)

Old Royal PalaceWith construction of the Prague Castle in the 11th century, the place became the seat of Bohemian princes. The buildings belong to three different architectonic periods. There is the Romanesque palace built by Soběslav I. around 1135, whose ruins are in the basement. Then there are palaces built by Přemysl Otakar II. , King of Bohemia and Charles IV. that were erected at the site of the old Romanique palace. The upper grounds, built under the reign of Vladislav Jagellion consist mostly of the Vladislav Hall. Under the Habsburgs, the castle used as the seat of states offices, courts, and the Czech Parliament. In 1618, two imperial governors were thrown out of the high castle window. This incident in known as the second defenestration of Prague and it is supposed to be the initiation of the Thirty Years’ War.

Basilica of St. George (Bazilika Sv. Jiří)

Basilica of St. GeorgeFounded by Prince Vratislav I. (915 – 921), this basilica is the best preserved Romanesque church in Prague. It was extended in 973 when a new Convent of St. George was built in its vicinity. After a big fire in1142, the basilica had to be rebuilt. The façade is in Baroque style and dates back to the 17th century. There is a tomb of the first Bohemian Christian woman martyr Saint Ludmila, a window of Prince Vratislav I., who reigned in the 9th century. St. Ludmila was strangled while kneeling in prayer. Other royalties of the Přemyslid dynasty are buried there as well.

Convent of St. George (Klášter Sv. Jiří)

Convent of St. GeorgeThe Convent of St. George was the first Bohemian convent. It was founded in 973 near to the Royal Palace of Boleslav II. His sister Mlada became the first abbes there. The Convent had been rebuilt many times only to be destroyed and converted into barracks in 1782. In 1962 - 74 it was reconstructed again and today it houses a remarkable collection of Czech Broque art of the National Gallery. Exhibited are works of art of several Baroque masters, such as Karel Škréta, Petr Brandl, Václav Vavřinec Reiner and sculptor Matyáš Bernard Braun.

Daliborka Tower (Daliborka)

Daliborka TowerThe tower was used as a prison and was named after its first prisoner Dalibor of Kozojedy, who was imprisoned for supporting serfs of another squire. According to the legend he learnt to play the violin there and this legend gave rise to the Czech proverb " Nouze naučila Dalibora housti", which might be compared to the British " necessity is the mother of invention ".

Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička)

Golden LaneThis short lane, named after goldsmiths who used to live here in the 17th century, belongs among the most picturesque streets of Prague. Originally, the lane had been occupied by shooters of Rudolf II. towards the end of the16th century. Later, it was used as home for the poor. However, the Golden Lane used to be the residence of several famous writers, for instance writer Franz Kafka, who lived in the house no. 22 in 1916 - 1917 or Nobel - laureate poet Jaroslav Seifert. The name of the street gave rise to the legend that the lane had been occupied by alchemists who attempted to make gold for Rudolf II. In reality, the alchemists had their work shops in Vikářská Street, between St. Vitus Cathedral and the Powder Tower in Castle complex.

The Loreta (Loreta)

The LoretaThe legend of the Holy Dwelling (Santa Casa) of the Virgin Mary gave rise to its copy in Prague. The dwelling itself is worth visiting and so is the Loreta treasure, a collection of sacral objects and the Diamond Monstrance adorned with diamonds. For sure visit the church of the Nativity of Our Lord with reliquary display cases and listen to the famous carillon.

Strahov Monastery (Strahovský klášter)

Strahov MonasteryThis monastery of the Premonstratensian Order was founded in 1140. Though it was raided several times, its eight-hundredyear of library still belongs among the most important in Bohemia. The building now serves as a monastery and a museum. Worth visit are the Basilica of Our Lady, and Theological and Philosophical Hall.

The Petřín Tower and the Mirror Maze (Petřínská věž a zrcadlové bludiště)

The Petřín Tower and the Miror Maze

The 60m high, octagonal Observatory Tower, built as an imitation of the Eiffel Tower is natural dominant of the Petřín Hill The Tower was constructed as one Jubilee Exhibition in 1891. The Mirror Maze is full of angular mirrors and its visit will certainly Brighton up your day. 




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