Picture This: The Prague Castle

Prague Castle From Charles Bridge

Inside the Prague Castle

Upon a large hill, across The Vltava, the Prague Castle looms over the city.

The castle has been the home of Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of both Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic since the first fortress was begun here in the year 870.

Inside Prague Castle

Inside the Prague Castle Walls

As we topped the hundreds of steps leading up the hill, we entered what The Guiness Book has heralded the largest castle in the world.

Inside, it felt more like a walled city than what we would normally think of as a castle.

Inside Prague Castle

Inside Prague Castle

Inside Prague Castle

Inside Prague Castle

Inside Prague Castle

Statue in Prague Castle, rubbed in an usual way

Two huge cathedrals, The Basilica of Saint George and the Basilica of St. Vitus, along with countless palaces and halls are within the ramparts. That made it hard for us to get a feel for being “inside” a castle.

Prague Castle remains the seat of government for the Czech Republic and there is a noticeable military and security presence.

Decked out in full-dress finest, the soldiers add to the overall fantasy-land feel of the place. We stumbled upon a military band, in full dress, welcoming dignitaries as we made our way out through the west gate.

Statue in Prague Castle

View of Prague from atop the Castle

While the band played, the changing of the guards was enacted with much pomp and circumstance.

Pretending it was all for us, we mingled with the dignitaries and parade waved to the curious gathering before heading down another giant staircase.

The stairs at Prague Castle

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com

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One thought on “Picture This: The Prague Castle”

  1. The Prague castle is unique in that is can boast of encompassing several types of architecture, starting with the 9th century Romanesque styled St.Georges Basilica,

    The St. Vitus cathedral is a combination of 13th century Gothic by King Charles IV and 1890s neo-Gothic on the entrance side.

    The big rectangular windows of the Vladislav Hall- which served as the throne room, were the first Renaissance architectural element in Prague dating to the early 15th century.

    In the 1780 Empress Maria Theresia, decided to give the castle an architecturally unifying face, by remodeling the the outer parts of the main castle in a restrained style of Baroque, called Theresian Baroque.

    And finally in the 1920s, when the newly formed Czech republic was taking root, the first Czechoslovak president T.G Masaryk had parts of the castle remodeled in an late Art Nouveau and Art Deco style, and example is the door way to the president office , visible on the 2nd courtyard.

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