St George's Basilica, Prague

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    ST. GEORGES BASILICA

    by balhannah Written Sep 12, 2013

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    St. Georges Basilica

    St. George's Basilica is the best preserved Romanesque church in Prague, and the oldest church in the Prague Castle complex.
    In 920, Prince Vratislav founded the Basilica, which was enlarged in 973 when the Convent was built. Since being rebuilt because of fire, the Church now has a Baroque facade which is still there today.
    I didn't go inside even though it was included in the price of the admission ticket to Prague Castle complex.
    Evidently, it has an altar painting and frescos in the dome, Romanesque architecturea and some important tombs.

    Evening classical concerts are held in the Basilica.

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    St George's Basilica in Prague Castle

    by GentleSpirit Written May 21, 2013

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    St George's sort of stands out visually because of the color of its facade. Interestingly, it is the oldest of the churches in the Castle, being founded by Vratislaus I in 920.

    The Basilica was dedicated to Saint George, the 4 century saint that was a Roman soldier from a noble Greek family in Palestine, and is venerated as one of the military saints. The story is that his father was a highly respected soldier in the Emperor's guard. In 302 the Emperor issued an order that all Christian soldiers should be arrested and attemps made to make them renounce their faith. Because of family connections and his own rank as a tribune, they tried to exempt George, but he refused to renounce his faith. Subsequently he was tortured and martyred in 303 AD.

    Entrance is included in your admission to the Prague Castle complex

    Inside there are a few crypts, one is Ludmilla of Bohemia, the grandmother of St Wenceslas and one of the early Christian rules, having been converted by St Cyril and Methodius, the two saints that are responsible for introducing Christianity into the Czech lands.

    Though the Basilica is not really ornate at all, you will notice the ceiling and Romanesque architecture inside. Even on a bright day, it seemed a bit dark.

    Today the Basilica is used for classical concerts and houses the 19th century Bohemian art collection.

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    by Jefie Written Mar 15, 2013

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    Although it is eclipsed - understandably so - by the nearby St Vitus's Cathedral, St. George's Basilica remains the oldest surviving church in the Prague Castle area. It was founded in the early 10th century and is generally considered one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Prague. Its striking red Baroque facade was added in the 17th century, but the interior of the basilica has managed to preserve its original design throughout the years. It is therefore much more simple in style than St Vitus's Cathedral, but it remains quite interesting from a historical and architectural perspective. Admission is included in the general Prague Castle ticket.

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    St George Basilica

    by fachd Written Dec 20, 2012

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    St George Basilica is one of the oldest churches within Prague Castle and it belongs to the most important Czech monastic basilica. St. George's Basilica was founded by Prince Vratislav in 920.
    This medieval church is one of the architectural highlights of Prague.

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    Basilica of St. George

    by Nemorino Written Jun 3, 2011

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    1. Basilica of St. George from the outside
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    This church is within the grounds of Prague Castle, and is included in the "short visit" admission ticket.

    The outside is a baroque façade from the seventeenth century, but the inside is the oldest church in the castle complex, a Romanesque church that was founded around the year 920.

    Classical music concerts are often held in the Basilica of St. George, typically every second evening at 18:30. For example, they were recently advertising a "Prague Castle Concert" by a group called " The Old Prague Music Ensemble," consisting of 5 musicians and a singer named Libuse Moravcova-Myratska. Their program was quite typical for a tourist concert:

    B. Smetana: Vltava [aka the Moldau]
    F. Schubert: Ave Maria with soprano
    A. Dvořák: Humoresque, Largo from the New World Symphony, Slavonic Dance no. 8
    C. Franck: Panis Angelicus with soprano
    J. Pachelbel: Canon in D
    G. Bizet: Intermezzo and Ouverture from the opera Carmen
    A. Vivaldi: Four Seasons - Spring, 2nd movement from Winter
    G. F. Händel: Lascia ch'io pianga with soprano (This aria from Händel's opera Rinaldo is a favorite of mine, as I have explained in one of my Halle tips entitled Händel as an opera composer.)
    T. Albinoni: Adagio
    W. A. Mozart: Alleluja with soprano
    J. Brahms: Hungarian dances no.5 & 6

    You could hear most of these pieces six or seven times a week if you went to all the tourist concerts in the Castle and Old Town of Prague.

    Second photo: Inside the Basilica of St. George.

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    by Raimix Updated Jan 31, 2010

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    St. George Basilica is known from year of 920 and is second oldest in Prague, rare Romanesque style.
    It was used as burial place for Predmyslid dynasty members till 1055, still 3 tombs here exist, and one is of founder of basilica – Vratislav I. This sanctuary was planned to be as the main in that time Bohemia.

    Basilica’s architecture is nicely mixed. The main façade and Saint John of Nepomuk Chapel is baroque style, southern entrance – Renaissance; Chapel of St. Ludmila is gothic, towers and most of main interior – Romanesque.

    There is wooden crucifix on the wall of St. George Basilica. Story tells that Jesus on cross started to bleed when princess Ana prayed for her father Premysl Otakar II. Actually it symbolized that her father was already death at battle and country will suffer bad times.

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    St George's Convent

    by viddra Updated Jun 26, 2008

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    Next to St George's Basilica is St George’s Convent, founded in 973 as a Benedictine monastery. The building was destroyed in 1782 and reconstructed in 1976 as part of the National Gallery with the collection of early Bohemian art.

    Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm, closed on Mondays

    Admission:
    Full ticket: 100 CZK
    Reduced ticket 50 CZK
    Family ticket 150 CZK

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    "Ora Pro Nobis"
    St. George's Basilica is the oldest church building within the Prague Castle complex. It is also the best-preserved Romanesque church in Prague.
    The Basilica now serves as a concert hall, a delightful and popular setting for early evening classical concerts

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    by iaint Written Aug 16, 2007

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    We went to a concert here. One of those events people force you to take fliers for as you pass in the street.
    It was good, very good. Short tho' - I guess the performers had another engagement to rush off to. Certainly the chapel makes a fabulous venue.
    It was a bit cool (October, no heating) so just as well it was not too long.
    To me (not a connoisseur of these things) it seemed expensive for what it was, and you suspect the performers get paid a little with the organisers making big bucks.
    Enjoyed it, but with reservations (not regrets)

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    Basilica of St George

    by monkeytrousers Written Jul 17, 2007

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    This small church currently in the process of being restored served as a burial site for wealthy Czech family (sorry I forget the name) from Prague Castle's past and also for the Czech's first female saint.

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    St George's Basilica is the oldest preserved church building of the Prague Castle. Only the foundations of the building, founded about 920 by Prince Vratislav I, have been preserved. In 973 the basilica was reconstructed and enlarged with the building of St George's Benedictine Convent.

    The present Romanesque appearance of the church is from the 12th century and the reconstruction carried out after the fire which occurred in 1142. In the first half of the 13th century a chapel consecrated to St Ludmila and a portico on its western side were added. In the Early Baroque period, from 1671 to 1691, the present facade was created and the the whole convent was reconstructed. In the early 18th century the architect Frantisek Maxmilian Kanka added the Baroque Chapel of St John Nepomuk. After the devastating occupation of the convent by troops in the late 18th century the church was renewed in the years from 1887 to 1908 and its Romanesque appearance was restored.

    The interior of the basilica is austere and monumental. The altar painting and frescos in the dome are the work of Vaclav Vavrinec Reiner. The tombs of members of the Premyslid dynasty of princes Vratislav I and Boleslav II are in the main nave.

    St George's Basilica now serves as a concert hall, a delightful setting for early evening classical concerts. It is highly recommended to wear fairly warm clothing in the winter if attending concert in St George's Basilica.

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    The Basilica of St. George and National Gallery

    by Paul2001 Updated May 14, 2007

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    The facade of the Basilica of St. George

    The Basilica of St. George is an impressive red Romanesque church that dates from 10th century although the facade has been redone in the Baroque manner. Although the church is well worth walking through on its own, most people come here to see the adjoining Convent of St. George which houses the National Gallery. This collection is primarily made up of Czech art from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. For those like me who are unfamiliar with Czech art this will not be an overly exciting experience but the collection did have some highlights just the same. For me the works of Jan Kupecky and Petr Brundl where particularly inspiring. The visit was worth an hour of my time. One notable fact for me was that there was hardly anyone else in Gallery. I suppose that Czech art is not popular amongst its own nationals.

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    Bazilika Sv Jiri

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 15, 2007

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    The basilica of St. George is the beautiful red church built in the tenth century. This basilica is better preserved Romanesque building of the Czech Republic, even if the actual aspect is the result of the 1887-1908 reconstruction . In the basilica the principles Premysl is buried.

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    Klaster sv Jiri

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Apr 15, 2007

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    In St. George Square (Namesti U Sv Jiri), behind the cathedral of St. Vitus, the Convent of St. George is found. It has been the first convent of the Boemia and it was founded in 973 by Boleslao II. Today it is center of the National Gallery with pictures from the Renaissance and Baroque periods (Brandl, Muller...).

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    St. George's Basilica (Svaty Jiri)

    by gmg61 Written Dec 2, 2006

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    This basilica rises in the hearth of the castle, very close to St. Vitus cathedral, and was built in 920. Its original structure is Romanesque, but the façade was remade in 1680 in Baroque style.
    It has a long and weird history, the same as the whole city of Prague, and during the centuries was transformed into barracks and later into a paintings gallery.
    Inside the church you can find St. Ludmilla's grave.

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