Is the second oldest church at Prague Castle. It served as the burial place of the Premyslid family, and the first Czech female saint, the Duchess Ludmila.
Es la segunda iglesia mas antigua del castillo de praga. Fueron enterrados la familia Preyslid y la duquesa Ludmila, la primera santa checa.
Begun in 920 AD, the beautiful and ancient St George's Basilica saw its last major modification in the 1600s. Inside this church you will find the tombs of Boleslav II and the church's founder Duke Vratislav. There is also a crypt dating back to the 1100s.
From the outside, the church is idnetified by its two plain white towers and its unsual red barogue facade. Next to the basilica stands St. George's Convent and beside St. Vitus' you will see the statue of St. George killing a dragon.
The church is near the center of Prague Castle, and there is an entry fee.
St. George's Basilica, or Kostel Sv. Jiri, is a beautiful red-coloured church, right behind the Old Royal Palace. The church is one of the oldest buildings in the whole city of Prague. It was built during the regime of King Vratislav, in 920.
The Basilica is a wonderful example of Bohemian Construction style. It has strong Roman influences, with arches and dome-shaped roof constructions. Although it is a very old building, it doesn't look like one from the outside, nor inside. It has been renovated several times in history. Throughout the centuries many royal people were buried in its tombes, that are still there, on of the oldest parts of the church. Roofconstructions, wall decorations and paintings were all added later.
Right next to the entrance, an 18th century chapel was added to the bigger Basilica. The interior of this part looks much more baroc then the rest of the building, and there are sacred relics to be seen here. Quite a creepy sight.
The St. George's Basilica is situated next to the bigger building, St. George's Cloister. This was originally finished in 973, so little later then the church. It is not being used as a cloister anymore, and had large scale restaurations in the 20th century too.
St. George's Basilica is another highlight of a tour through the castle of Prague. The Basilica of St.Gearge is much older than St.Vitus cathedral and it was built in 921 A.D.
The monastery next to it was built for female Benedicinians. The "boss" of that monastery had the priviledge to set the crown on the king's head during the coronation-ceremony.
You may enter the monastery against a small fee and you may see its great romanic interior - see my pics !
It would be a pity to miss this lovely church, when exploring the Hradzin / the castle of Pregua / Prag
Rather small for a basilica, especially compared to the st Vitus Cathedral in front of it
Originally built in 973 as the first bohemian monastery, it has been restaured in 1974 to store the Czech gothic, baroque & renaissance art.
It is located between St. Vitus Cathedral past the Old Royal Palace. The external has painful funny redish color. You need to purchase tour ticket to get into and not allow to take photo there. However, I find it is not that interest to go to.
From the outside this church is nice but on the inside it is even nicer. Not ornate like St Vitus but not any the less beautiful. There is a double stairway leading to the apse that has 12 century frescoes. Here are also the tombs of Prince Boleslav II dated 997 and Prince Vratislavi who died in 921 and was the founder of this church. Under the stairs is an arch where you can see a 12th century crypt.
The foundations of the original building that stood here are from the 900's and have been preserved., though this church has been enlarged and reconstructed. There was a fire here in 1142 which led to the reconstruction.
Next to the church was a convent which started in 973. It was converted to an army barracks in 1782 and is now a National Gallery. Entrance fee of about 50kc.
This is the best preserved Romanesque church in Prague and it actually predates St Vitus Cathedral but its present rusty red facade is a 17th century addition. We didn't visit inside - to be honest I'd seen enough chuches by then - even for a rainy day! - so we movved onto the Royal Palace which was more on my agenda.
A gem of a church building providing ample proof for the old aesthetic law that beauty and simplicity go hand in hand. Visiting highly recommended. Within the castle complex between St. Vitus cathedral and the Golden Lane.
This was the second church built in the Prague Castle in the Czech Republic. St. George's Basilica was founded in 920 by Prince Vratislav I. The Roman style Basilica is located near the Benedictine Monastery . The present appearance of the church dates back to the time of the reconstruction after a fire in 1142. F. M. Kanka added the Baroque Chapel of St. John Newpomuk in the early 18th century. After the destruction of the convent by troops in the late 18th century, the church was remolded between the years 1887 and 1908. F. Mach's design tried to restore the Romanesque appearance. From 1969 to 1975, it was reconstructed to adapt to the installation of the old Bohemian art of the National Gallery.
Two significant events
There were two significant events that increased the importance of the church. One of them was the placing of objects of the first Czech female martyr and Saint, Ludmila, into the church. The other event was when the first Czech convent was founded by Princess Mlada. The tombstone of St. Ludmila, in the Saint Ludmila Chapel, is a tourist attraction worth seeing. Carved out of limestone, the tombstone dates back to the year 1370. On the tombstone lies a sculpture of her body. The church was burned 150 years later during a military siege of the castle. The tomb of St. Ludmila was the only thing that remained untouched. A major attraction is the deathly sculpture of a skeleton, which has been taken over by frogs, snakes, and lizards. This sculpture has been nicknamed Brigit. Supposedly, an envious sculptor killed his girlfriend and threw her into the brook of the Jeleni Prikop.
The Convent of St. George was founded in 973. In 1783, it was converted into barracks. It finally reopened as an art gallery, which is its present use. It is located right next to the Basilica of St. George.
You don't need to purchase a tour package to see this like the other highlights of Prague Castle, but you do have to pay admission to get in. It is open Tuesday to Sunday, and is free on the 1st Wednesday of every month.
When you walk behind St. Vitus Cathedral past the Old Royal Palace, you will see the Basilica of St. George. The original Basilica was built in 920, but the existing one was built in 1142 after a devastating fire. The outside of the building is colorful, but once inside it is plain and modest and is the best Romanesque church existing in Prague. Also worth looking at inside the Basilica are the 13th century Chapel of St. Ludmila and 18th century Chapel of St. John Nepomuk.
Photography is not allowed inside. You must purchase a tour package to see this.
Don't let that Baroque facade fool you; behind it is a truly Romanesque church, one of the oldest churches in Prague. It's much better to see from the alley next to it. The church was founded in the 10th century, rebuilt in the 12th,and the facade added in the 17th. The towers are reconstructions of those that were built in the 12th century and date from 1969-1975.
(Please note that the facade isn't really that red; that's just the result of a somewhat failed attempt at editing the picture. Colourblindness does that to me sometimes....)
The St. George Basilica ( Basilika sv. Jiri) it is the very good preserved Romanesque church from 921 and the oldest sacral building of the Praque Castle. The Baroque facade descended from XVII century. There are the tombs of Premysl royalties.
Here often take place classical music concerts.