St. George's Basilica, Prague

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    by Zvrlj Updated May 28, 2007

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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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    St. George's Basilica

    by mallyak Written Sep 29, 2010

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    St. George's Basilica is the oldest church building within the Prague Castle complex. It is also the best-preserved Romanesque church in Prague.
    St. George's Basilica was founded by Prince Vratislav (915-921). The basilica was then enlarged in 973 with the building of St. George's Benedictine Convent.

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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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    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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    Basilica of St. George

    by Nemorino Written Jun 3, 2011

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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.

    1. Basilica of St. George from the outside 2. Inside the Basilica of St. George
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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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    ST. GEORGES BASILICA

    by balhannah Written Sep 12, 2013

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    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 Basilica

    by evona Updated Jul 30, 2004

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    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.

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    St. George's Basilika interior

    by globetrott Written Sep 5, 2003

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    The interior of the church is rather simple in the main room, but when you go forward and to the side-rooms it gets really beautiful and interesting.

    Inside the monastery you may see great paintings and sculptures, a large collection that is worth seeing, but I left it again for my next visite.

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    St. George Basilica

    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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    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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    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 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 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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    The castle: the Basilica of St. George

    by OlafS Updated Oct 20, 2004

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    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....)

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