Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Prague Castle

We visited Prague Castle in the Hradčany district as part of a tour because our time in Prague was limited. The Gothic cathedral of St. Vitus, St. Wenceslaus, and St. Adalbert is located within Prague Castle and can be seen from many points in the city.
I was particularly fascinated with the patterns on the slate roof.
This photo doesn't begin to capture the beauty of the many leaded glass windows in the cathedral. (Be sure to click on the photo to see a larger version with more detail.)
Within the cathedral is the chapel where Saint Wenceslaus is buried. When I was there eight years ago, it was possible to enter the chapel. Now one can only peer inside.
There are many signs and symbols that decorate the walls of the cathedral.
The Romanesque Basilica of Saint George is also located within the castle and is the second oldest church in Prague. It was founded in 920. Its physical appearance has changed many times through the ages. Today its vibrant colors stand in stark contrast the dark stone of the cathedral.
Although there are no more kings of Bohemia to live in the castle, it still functions as the seat of government. The president has offices and an apartment there. He was in his office on the day of our visit, as signified by his flag flying over the ramparts.

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