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    City into city

    by solopes Updated Mar 1, 2015

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    I only have been there once, at dusk, in a dark day, rushing down to dinner in town.

    Not enough time to appreciate it or to make good pictures, but time enough for a strong decision: "This is a place where I must come back".

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    The castle.

    by Maurizioago Updated Feb 20, 2015

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    Prague Castle is a complex of around 60 buildings. Its construction began in the late 9th century. Between the 12th and 13th centuries it was fortified and expanded. In the 14th century, under the reign of king Charles IV it was renovated and enlarged. In 1485 king Ladislaus II Jagello started to reconstruct the castle. Queen Maria Theresa ordered the final major reconstruction of the buildings in the latter half of the 18th century.

    The highlights of the castle are; Saint Vitus Cathedral; the Old Royal Palace; Saint George basilica and the Golden Lane.

    The building of Saint Vitus cathedral begun in 1344 on the site of a 10th century rotunda and was completed in the XIX century. The cathedral is very large and has many beautiful glass stained windows. I recommend climbing up the Wentzel Tower (it is a bell tower). It is inside the cathedral. From the top of it you will enjoy a very beautiful landscape over the castle and the city.

    The Old Royal Palace is a complex of buildings set one on the other. Its construction was started from the first half of the XII century. It was the seat of Bohemian princes and from the 13th century to the 16th century it was the king' s palace.

    Saint George basilica was first built as a rotunda; around 920. It was later reconstructed into a three naves basilica. It was enlarged at the beginning of the XIII century.

    The access to the castle grounds is free, but if you want to see some places and/or museums there, you must buy a ticket.

    Pic taken from the bell tower. Another pic taken from the bell tower. Saint Vitus Cathedral. The bell tower. Saint Vitus Cathedral.
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    Prague Castle, CZ

    by TrendsetterME Written Oct 21, 2013

    Roughly the size of seven football fields, "Prague Castle" is the largest ancient castle in the world. Built and renovated during 13 centuries, the complex includes churches, gardens, alleyways and royal residences that would take days to appreciate.

    I assume you will need several hours to see around in the castle and concerning courtyards, but you will sure need a whole day if you decide to see all the details and the cathedral and so ... :)

    Don't miss the St. Vitus Cathedral. In addition to Art Nouveau stained-glass windows and a wooden depiction of the crucifixion, it houses treasures like the tomb of St. John of Nepomuk — a blinding two-metric-ton vault that is held up by an army of silver angels. Enjoy ... :)

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    PRAGUE CASTLE - 2ND COURTYARD

    by balhannah Updated Sep 10, 2013

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    The second Castle courtyard is surrounded by buildings with facades all the same! This was not always the case as when first built, each building looked different to the other.
    During Emperor Rudolf II's reign, the North wing ground floor was used as Stables and for the Carriages. Now, the Stables are used as a picture gallery of Prague Castle - a small part of the Emperor Rudolf's former gallery.
    The first floor is where the famous Spanish Hall is located, built for the Emperor's collections to be kept. Sometimes it was used for Royal occasions and what Emperor Leopold thought was fun - these days it would be animal cruelty and he would be in gaol!
    I am talking about the year 1680, when the Emperor had a wild tomcat released into the hall so his children and dogs could chase it down and kill it, this they did by spearing it to death. Emperor Charles VI used to shoot at deer driven out from the Stag Moat from one of the Spanish Halls windows.

    The courtyard is a good size and has a Baroque fountain [1686] in its centre. Nearby is a well with a pretty wrought iron cover. Was the Well dry - I am not sure as I read water was brought here for the wells!
    Along one of the courtyard walls, is the Chapel of the Holy Rood, built where the kitchens once stood. Inside the Chapel are biblical themes painted upon the ceiling.

    It is here where you can visit the Imperial Stables and the Treasury of St. Vitus Cathedral

    Baroque fountain Chapel of the Holy Rood Well in the 2nd courtyard Chapel of the Holy Rood in the 2nd Courtyard
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    PRAGUE CASTLE - 3RD COURTYARD

    by balhannah Updated Sep 10, 2013

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    On entering the third Castle courtyard, I couldn't help but notice the massive St. Vitus Cathedral and the Baroque Deanery, decorated with the statue of St. Wenceslas from 1662.
    The courtyard is decorated with a replica of a 14th century statue of St. George and a 17 meter tall granite obelisk. Below the pavers in the 3rd courtyard, are the foundations of a 12th century church, which used to be connected by a covered passage to the basilica of St. Vítus.
    The 3rd Courtyard opens up to the St. George Square, where St. George's Basilica and the Royal Palace are located.
    This area is believed to be the oldest and perhaps where the stone throne of the Bohemian Princes may have once stood.

    Deanery & Obelisk St. George St. George Theresian Wing of the Old Royal Palace.
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    TREASURY OF ST. VITUS CATHEDRAL

    by balhannah Written Sep 10, 2013

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    The Treasury is the largest church treasury in the Czech Republic and is one of the best I have ever seen!

    NO PHOTO'S ALLOWED - I was very disappointed!

    The Treasury of St. Vitus Cathedral goes back to the early middle Ages. You will see lots of marvellous historical pieces on display, such as a relic of the arm of Saint Vitus from 929, very old.
    One of the "jewels" of the Treasury is Charles IV's gold coronation reliquary, as well as a cross with a fragment of Christ’s loincloth.
    Another is the processional crystal cross and the crystal jug, used for storing the tablecloth from the Last Supper!
    Expect to see lots of gold and silver, and remember to allow time to have a look at this outstanding exhibition.

    OPEN DAILY from 10am to 6pm

    ADMISSION FEE.
    Full: 300 CZK Reduced: 150 CZK Family: 600 CZK

    We were given a coin for FREE to remember our visit to the St. Vitus Treasury.

    A MUST VISIT

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    Prague Castle Art Gallery

    by kris-t Updated Aug 14, 2013

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    Prague Castle Painting Art Gallery offers to the visitors more than one hundred paintings from the Prague Castle fund, which owns about 4,000 paintings.

    The Gallery has in its possession a fragment of what used to be Emperor's Rudolf the Second collection plus collection from the 17th century contains artwork of renowned Italian, German, Dutch, Flemish and Czech Baroque painters.

    Art Gallery is open to the public daily including Monday (from 9 am to 5 pm during Summer season, from 9 am to 4 pm during winter season).

    Entrance to the exposition is from 2nd Courtyard of Prague Castle.

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    Explore the Prague Castle Complex!

    by jumpingnorman Updated Mar 27, 2013

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    Prague Castle is one of the largest ancient castles in the world according to the Guiness Book of World Records, topping at 570 meters and 130 meters wide. It is also where you will find the Czech crown Jewels.

    When I was walking around, I felt I should have read more before I did so that I could easily identify the buildings. The Prague Castle Complex actually consists of several religious structures which include the Saint Vitus Cathedral, a monastery and several jmuseum and art galleries. St Georges’s Basilica is famous for evening classical concerts and you might chance upon one when visiting Prague.

    There has also been several wars and fires in the area and so the place has seen a lot of rebuilding. Today, tourists from all over the world walk around and it can get a little confusing. They watch the changing of the guards every hour in this castle which is the political and historical center of the Czech republic (seat of the President)

    But the beauty of the buildings remain and their history adds to their character.

    UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE!

    I made a video of my adventure in Prague!
    Hope you like this:

    MY FIRST DAY IN PRAGUE

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    A visit to Prague Castle

    by Jefie Updated Mar 18, 2013

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    Prague Castle actually refers to a fortified complex built in the 9th century on a hill overlooking the Vlatva River. In the beginning, the complex included a palace, three churches and a monastery, but it soon grew to include several other buildings. Prague Castle was attacked, destroyed and rebuilt on many occasions throughout the years, and it houses some of Prague's most interesting historical attractions as well as the present-day office of the President of the Czech Republic. Visitors are of course free to walk around the area (and take in the amazing views of the city!), but if you want to gain access to the buildings you must get an admission ticket. These cost 350 CZK, and most buildings are open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

    Lovely view from Prague Castle Fountain in the second courtyard View of Charles Bridge and Old Town Square On the way to Prague Castle Gates leading to the first courtyard
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    Prague castle

    by fachd Written Dec 18, 2012

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    Prague castle is massive with an area of almost 7.28 hectares. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The history of the castle stretches back to the 9th century. The head of State like the president of Czechoslovakia rule the country from here. Also Kings of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperors did rule from Prague castle. Within the castle are St Vitus Cathedral, Basilica of St George and also gardens, defense towers and are all open to public. Prague Castle is the centerpiece of the Czech capital. The towers of Prague Castle can be seen from virtually anywhere in Prague.

    The Prague Castle is open daily:
    5.00 - 24.00 in the summer season (April 1 - October 31)
    6.00 - 23.00 in the winter season (November 1 - March 31)
    Historical monuments are open daily except 24.12.
    9.00 - 18.00 in the summer season (April 1 - October 31)
    9.00 - 16.00 in the winter season (November 1 - March 31)

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    Prague castle complex

    by eugini2001 Written Sep 9, 2012

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    We bought family admission which covers 2 adults and 1 child for 700 Cr, which is quite a bargain. We didn’t even see all sites that it covers, because we were so tired to see all, our tickets were good for the second day though, but we didn’t have that 2d day.
    The history of Prague began with the foundation of Prague Castle (reminds me Kremlin in Russia) in the 9th century. Despite fires and invasions, the castle has retained churches, chapels and towers from every period of its history, from the Gothic splendor of St.Vitus’s Cathedral to the 16th century Renaissance additions. The courtyards date from 1753-75, when the whole area was rebuilt in the late-Baroque and neo-Classical styles. The castle became the seat of Czechoslovak president in 1918 and the current president of the Czech Republic has an office here.
    According to our ticket, first site is Old Royal Palace. Although the first big thing that attracts your attention is St. Vitus’ Cathedral. From the time Prague Castle was first fortified in 11th century, the Old Royal palace was the seat of a long line of Bohemian kings.
    The vast palace complex consists of three different architectural layers. A Romanesque palace, built around 1135, forms the basement of the present structure. Over the next 200 years, two further palaces were built above this-the first by Premysl Otakar II in 1253 and the second by Charles IV in 1340. On the top floor is the massive Gothic Vladislav Hall, with the splendid rib vaulting. Designed for king Vladislav Jagiello, it was completed in 1502. The Rider’s Staircase just off the hall, is a flight of steps with magnificent Gothic rib-vaulting ceiling. It was used by knights on horseback to get to jousting contests.
    Under Habsburg rule, the palace housed government offices, courts and old Bohemian parliament.
    When you explore the castle, be ready for steep and narrow stairs. The castle itself is rather gloomy and dark, you can feel medieval atmosphere there, nothing like luxury or glamour, more scary and halloweeny. It has a beautiful Prague view from windows though!
    You will not miss St.Vitus’s it just at the entrance, huge building that reminds me famous French Cathedral that saw inquisition. Maybe that’s why it’s so scary with its gargoyles (on the ornate west front, gutter spouts are given their traditional disguise as gargoyles, they look disgusting and ugly, my daughter did a research and said they were made this way on purpose to scare night thieves and bad spirits ), gloomy and dark. As for a bit of history, work began on St.Vitus’s, Prague’s most distinctive landmark in 1344. Architect Peter Parler was largely responsible for the grandiose Gothic design, though the building was not completed for another 600 years. The cathedral contains the tomb of Good King Wenceslav and some fine works of art including an exquisite Alfons Mucha window in Czech Art Nouvean style. Golden Portal was the main Cathedral entrance until the 19th century and it is still used on special occasions. Above it is a mosaic of the last Judgment by 14th century Venetian craftsmen. Rose window was designed by Frantisek Kysela in the 1920 (present entrance),the window above the portals depict scenes from biblical story of the Creation. The skills of architect Peter Parler are clearly seen in the delicate fans of ribbing that support (Gothic vaulting) the three Gothic arches of the Golden Portal.
    Next is my personal favorite –St.George’s Basilica and Convent. It was founded by prince Vratislav in 920 and is the best preserved Romanesque church in Prague. The huge twin towers and austere interior have been restored to give an idea of the church’s original appearence.The tomb of Vratislav I, located opposite the presbytery. Also buried in the church are Prince Boleslav II and Princess Ludmila (grandmother of St.Wenceslas) who was murdered in 921 and revered as the first bohemian saint. Other point of interest a rare early 13th century painting, new Jerusalem, in the chore vault.outside the south portal of the church features a 16th century relief depicting St. George and the dragon.
    Zlata ulicka.
    The picturesque artisans’ cottages along the inside of the castle wall were built in the late 16th century for castle’s guards and gunners. A century later, the goldsmiths moved in and modified the buildings. However, by the 19th century the area had degenerated into a slum and was populated by Prague’s poor and criminal communities. Golden lane has, however, been home to well-known writers such as Franz Kafka who stayed at No.22 with his sister around 1916-1917 and Jaroslav Seifert, the Noble Prize-winning Czech poet.
    Dalibor Tower
    It takes its name from the first man to be imprisoned in it. It is indeed, a jail for Nobel men with all torturing stuff in it. I don’t like sites like this, but it is a history.
    The story of Prague castle
    It’s a museum , very interesting and quite big one, worth visiting, has a lot of interesting things –archeological and historical ones.

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    The biggest castle in the world

    by BLewJay Updated Aug 6, 2012

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    After taking the funicular up/down Petrin Hill, we headed off on our next adventure...climbing the stairs to the Prague Castle (Pražský hrad). The castle (a UNESCO World Heritage site) is where the Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic have had their offices and also where the Czech Crown Jewels are kept.

    The walk up the stairs provides a spectular view of not only the castle and St. Vitus Cathedral, but also of the city...simply amazing!!! Once you reach the walls of the castle, there are two guards protecting the entrance...a wonderful ceremony occurs where there is a changing of the guard. If you get the opportunity to see it, you won't be disappointed.

    Within the walls, there are so many things to see and do, but the most imposing building that you come upon is Saint Vitus' Cathedral (Czech: Katedrála svatého Víta). It's a Roman Catholic cathedral in Prague, the seat of the Archbishop of Prague, tombs of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors and an excellent example of Gothic architecture.

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    Prague's Jewel

    by Xeriss Written Jun 24, 2012

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    Prague castle, or Pražský hrad as it is known in Prague, is one of Prague's most significant monuments and therefore definitely a must see. Plan ahead and allocate at least 2 days of your trip to see the Castle. When we first bought the entrance ticket, we didn't realize that the ticket is, in fact, valid for 2 consecutive days. This gives you more time to look around and explore each section of the castle.

    The ticket costs 350 czk and grants you access to 9 locations/galleries/exhibitions within the castle:

    (1) The Old Royal Palace
    (2) The Story of Prague exhibition
    (3) St. George's Basilica
    (4) Convent of St. George
    (5) Golden Lane
    (6) Prague Castle Picture Gallery
    (7) St. Vitus's Cathedral
    (8) Rosenberg Palace
    (9) Powder Tower

    The castle is quite a busy tourist attraction, however, due to its proportions, you don't normally have to queue and there's a reasonable amount of space within which you can walk comfortably. Be careful of pickpockets. They are everywhere, especially in front of St. Vitus's Cathedral.

    While we were there, there was a man who got robbed and he didn't realize until it was too late. He was taking photos of the Cathedral and a man approached him to ask him if he'd be willing to take a photo of him with the Cathedral in the background. The man, put down his briefcase on a bench nearby to be able to take the photo. Little did he know that another man was waiting for just that - for him to lay down his things so that he could take them. By the time we heard the man shouting and calling for help, it was too late to even identify the man who had asked for the photo. They had both left the scene. The man was robbed of his laptop and passports.

    Food and drinks are available in certain spots within the castle. Food is slightly pricey so if you're on a budget, you may want to pack your own lunch and drinks.

    The Old Royal Palace St. George St. Vitus The Golden Lane Dalibor Tower
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    Prague Castle

    by kris-t Updated Apr 28, 2012

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    The Prague Castle (Prazhski grad) is the castle in Prague where the Czech kings, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of the Czech Republic (and Czechoslovakia) have had their offices. The crown jewels of the Bohemian Kingdom are kept here. Prague Castle is one of the biggest castles in the world (according to Guinness Book of Records the biggest ancient castle) at about 570 meters in length and an average of about 130 meters wide.

    The castle buildings represent virtually every architectural style of the last millennium. The Prague Castle includes gothic St Vitus Cathedral, romanesque basilica of St. George, a monastery and several palaces, gardens and defence towers. Most of the castle areas are opened to the tourists.

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    Prague Castle

    by Skibbe Written Sep 5, 2011

    This is actually more of a complex with several historical sites up on a hill overlooking the river and the city. When I was there, key parts were closed but I did get to see the Royal Palace, which was the most interesting part, and St. George's Basilica. There are also amazing views of Prague from up here.

    The Royal Palace Main Hall One of the complex's entrances View of Prague from the castle Entrance to St. George's Basilica
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