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We walked up to the Strahov Monastery and visited Prague Castle today.

The Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 m˛.

The castle was founded around 880 by Prince Bořivoj of the Premyslid Dynasty (Přemyslovci).

We also ate dinner at our favorite vegetarian restaurant for the third time!

                   

ABOVE LEFT - Getting ready to cross the Charles Bridge and head up to the castle

ABOVE RIGHT, BELOW LEFT and MIDDLE - The Strahov Monastery

Strahov is one of the oldest monasteries of the Premonstratensian Order in the world.

It has been a working monastery since it was founded in 1143.

BELOW RIGHT - The Prague Loreto Church  is a remarkable Baroque historic monument,

a place of pilgrimage with captivating history. The expansive decorative frontal façade

contains a clock tower, from which the Loreto carillon tunes may be heard every hour.


                   

BELOW LEFT - Streetlamp across from Schwarzenberk Palace

BELOW MIDDLE and RIGHT- Schwarzenberk Palace - Renaissance architecture

                   

BELOW LEFT - Archiepiscopal Palace - the current Archbishop still lives here

BELOW MIDDLE - Gate of Giants. Its main feature is a pair of giants,

one raising a knife, the other a club, against defeated enemies.

BELOW RIGHT - Soldiers of elite Prague Castle Guard welcome you at the gates of Prague Castle.

                   

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Prague Castle consists of a large-scale composition

of palaces and ecclesiastical buildings of various architectural styles, from Roman-

style buildings from the 10th century through Gothic modifications in the 14th century.

BELOW LEFT and MIDDLE - The Courtyard of Honor at Prague Castle

Prague Castle (Czech: Pražský hrad) is the official residence

and office of the President of the Czech Republic

BELOW RIGHT - St Vitus Cathedral (Katedrala sv Vita)

St. Vitus Cathedral is the largest and the most important temple in Prague. Apart from

religious services the coronations of Czech kings and queens also took place in here.

                   

While the Prague Castle complex houses many buildings, St. Vitus

is the one that dominates the skyline wherever you are in city.

BELOW - St. Vitus Cathedral  was commissioned by Charles IV, and construction began in 1344

on the site of an earlier 10th century rotunda. However, it took almost six centuries

to complete, with the final phase of construction in the period 1873-1929.

                   

BELOW LEFT - 1931 Stained-glass window by Czech artist Alfons Mucha

BELOW MIDDLE - Close-up of the Mucha stained-glass window

BELOW RIGHT - Close-up of the side entrance to St. Vitus Cathedral

                   

BELOW - Basilica of St George (Bazilika sv Jiri)

St. George's Basilica (Czech: Bazilika Sv. Jiří) is the oldest surviving church building

within Prague Castle. The basilica was founded by Vratislaus I of Bohemia in 920.

The interior of St.George´s Basilica is an example of romanesque style - rigorous but monumental.

         

BELOW - Wall along the steps down from the castle. Prague in the background.