Castle Guard, Prague
Under the titaniums in struggle there are the castele Guards. Their aspect is less austere than the famous English Guard and often they smile. Their uniforms are been created by the costume designer of the film Amadeus. The changing of the guard has actually happened every time since 5 to the 23.
This group of diminishing bodies, from full to partial body parts is a monument dedicated to the victims of Communism, not only to those that were jailed or killed but also to those that had their lives ruined
The changing guards at the castle is a nice ritual to see but you have to wait in a fine place to see it, otherwise the crowed won't let you see anything. With the advice of my VT friend Martin, i stayed on the top of the stairs and i could take some pics. Well, then when i leaved the castle i had the chance to take some near pics.
The changing of the guard is impressive in most big cities, and Prague is no exception. The main ceremony is at noon each day, with smaller ones happening each hour. The big ceremony is accompanied by both music and a parade of guards. To get a good spot, get there 10-15 minutes early.
On the main entrance of the castle are situated two guards on each side of the door and every hour make the famous change, the popular one is the one at 12 o´clock in the morning with music and demostrations. Is popular for tourist take a photo with them
En la entrada principal del castillo se encuentran dos guardias postrados a cada lado de la berja de entrada al castillo, cada hora hacen el tradicional cambio de guardia siendo el mas popular el que hacen a mediodía con música y demostraciones.
The Czech Girls do seem to enjoy hassling the guards. I missed the best shot here where these three girls really were getting quite amorous with the poor guard, but I got this shot just after whilst they were posing more formally!
I’m assuming that the Czech Guards have to stand to attention (no pun intended!) and not smile at all for the whole hour they are on sentry duty – this is what the British Soldiers have to do in London. These girls are of course doing everything possible to distract him, and despite making him look rather uncomfortable, he is sticking to his duty admirably!
The Castle Guards are changed every hour, in this case there are just a few soldiers that march in, swap over sentry duty and then march off again.
However once a day, there is a much larger display. I have posted several pictures here, some show the basic guard change-over, but most are pictures of the much larger and much longer display that occurs once a day – if memory serves me well, this is at midday.
If you want to watch the midday show, make sure you start to take up position at least ten minutes early if you want a good view. You will probably get a better view if you get yourself into the castle square rather than outside the gates. For the normal hourly display, being outside the gates is best.
The Presidents Guard are a good laugh to watch as they change the guard every hour. Unlike the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in London it lacks the spit and polish and refined moves.. but all the same a great tourist sight to see.. click.. click
The guards change round every hour, although the one to watch if you want an elaborate display is at noon. This incorporates a brass ensemble.
The guards are like the buckingham palace guards & are required to stand still & solem in their boxes. I think I made this one smile :-) Some of the guards are quite hunky ladies - so don't forget to pose for your pic!!
Free to watch, and not nearly as crowded as the one in London. It's still pretty crowded, though, so get there a bit early if you want a good view. If you're like most of us, you'll spend the whole time just trying to get a photo that isn't obstructed by the large metal gates surrounding the courtyard.
it is the biggest old castle EVER. tehre is a lot to see in here, and you may take a whole day. chapel of the holy cross was really interesting, with lots of ancient artefacts and stuff, statues etc. very pretty. old royal palace is the oldest part. golden lane (with kafkas house) and the royal garden . lots of treasures to be seen here, if you can get up the steps.
The guards are of course much more than just a tourist attraction.
They hold a machine-gun, and are mainly ment to guard the president's offices.
They will let all tourists pass by and even accept all that foto-shooting with them in the background...
Every hour there is a small changing of the guards, and at 12.00 noon there is a big changing-ceremony with music and a parade.
Both the main entrance and the north entrance are guarded
Even if you have seen it before (Monaco, London, Sofia, ...) it is always an entertaining sight, but poor fellas who can not move for hours and are bothered by a zillion tourists (yes us included) that pose on a photo next to them.
As we approached HRADCANY SQUARE, there was a lot of commotion going on and lots of people were gathering around. We were just in time for the CHANGING OF THE CASTLE GUARD.
Amid a lot of pomp and ceremony, the two Guards who were presently posted at their stations in front of the Castle Gates, were about to be relieved. With rigid precision the replacements, who themselves were escorted, marched to the front of the Castle. The Guards being relieved of Duty came out, turned sharply and the new Guards now assumed duties in the guard-house. The relieved guards were then escorted back to the inner depths of the Castle.
This is what the poor guard in the previous photo faces; mobs of tourists with cameras aimed and ready for the changing of the guard ceremony.
The guard in the previous photo must be thinking "Please let's get this changing of the guard thing over with-- you come and stand in this dumb little box, and let me escape these invading hordes!"