St. George's Basilica, Prague

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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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    Basilica of St. George ( 5 photos )

    by nicolaitan Updated Oct 15, 2006

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    This particularly lovely church is a well-preserved example of Romanesque architecture, popular in the 11th and 12th Centuries, and based on the architecture of ancient Rome. Basic features include thick piers to support stone arches, with relatively narrow windows, and rounded arches. Originally built by Prince Vratislav in 921, it has been enlarged and reconstructed over the years, with the Romanesque interior dating to a major fire in the 12th Century. The rusty red facade is Baroque in style, dating from the late 17th Century. A typical feature of Baroque exteriors is the dominance of the central portion of the facade. The towers are slightly asymmetric, indicating the male-female pattern frequently seen. Wiothing the church, besides extensive frescoes and statues, are the tombs of Prince Vratislav and several other Premyslid rulers, Saint Ludmilla (the widow of the early ruler Prince Borislov) who was instrumental in bringing Christianity to Bohemia and the grandmother of St. Wenceslas.

    Image 2 is from the chapel of St. John of Nepomuk, so prominently featured on the Charles Bridge.
    Image 4 is the final resting place for the remains of St. Ludmilla.

    The church has been deconsecrated and is now used for concerts.

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    Bazilika Sv. Jirí

    by lina112 Written Aug 3, 2006

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    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.

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    St George’s Basilica

    by easyoar Written May 31, 2006

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    This too is within Prague castle. It is considered to be the best preserved Romanesque Church in Prague (dating back as far as 915 AD or so). It was rebuilt in 1142 after a fire. This church has a very old feel to it, even if it has been extensively restored and a lot of the stone work looks quite new.

    Amongst Royalty buried here in this church is St Ludmilla. Apparently she was the first ever female Christian Martyr after she got strangled whilst at prayer (on the orders of her daughter-in-law). She wasn’t the only person to be murdered within the castle by her own family – St Wenceslas was murdered on his own brother’s orders.

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    Prague Castle - St George's Basilica

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 30, 2006

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    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 from St George's Sq, Jan 2006 St George's Basilica at night, Jan 2006 St George's Basilica
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    Kostel Svateho Jiri

    by Pieter11 Written Feb 8, 2006

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    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.

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    St.George's Basilica and monastery

    by globetrott Updated Nov 22, 2005

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    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

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    St George's Basilica

    by chbuchie Updated Nov 16, 2005

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    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.

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    Basilica and Convent of St George

    by morgenhund Written Nov 11, 2005

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    Located in St George's square behind the cathedral there are two adjoining buildings - the Convent of St George, which having once been Bohemia's oldest convent, dating from 973, and established by Boleslav II, and the Basilica of St George - which is a vivid red colour. Its architecture is of the Romanesque style, although a lot of it is sadly in restored form from the late 19th and early 20th century rather than being the original architecture.

    The Basilica is a burial site for the Premysl princes and there is a hole in one wall which served as a communication portal for the nuns in the convent and was their only contact to the outside world.

    The convent is now part of the Czech National Gallery, with collections of baroque and renaissance art.

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    Colorful external painting.

    by Xdrive Written May 26, 2005

    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.

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    Inside St Georges

    by bugalugs Written Apr 21, 2005

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    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.

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    St Georges Bascilica

    by bugalugs Written Apr 21, 2005

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    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.

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    St George's Basilica

    by sandysmith Updated Apr 8, 2005

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    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.

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    Simple and Beautiful

    by RhineRoll Written Feb 18, 2005

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    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.

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    St. George's Basilica

    by Leipzig Written Jan 9, 2005

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    St. George`s Basilica was founded in 920 AD and is therefore the oldest building within Prague Castle complex. The present Baroque facade was made between 1657 -1680 but the Romanesque twin towers are from 12th century.

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