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Prague Castle (Prague)

Prague Castle (Prague)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prague Castle (Prague)

Prague Castle (Pražský hrad in Czech) is an architectural ensemble located in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Despite the successive fires and invasions, it is one of the most remarkable, sumptuous and emblematic vestiges of the great historical, cultural and social past of the city.

Built in the 9th century, it was the residence of the kings of Bohemia, emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, presidents of Czechoslovakia and presidents of the Czech Republic. In it you can find the jewels of the crown of Bohemia. At 570 meters long and 130 meters wide, it is considered the largest ancient castle in the world.

The interior of the complex houses the Prague Cathedral, the convent of St. George that contains ancient Bohemian art, the Basilica of St. George, the Royal Palace, galleries of Renaissance and Baroque painting in the castle's old stables, among many other things.

It was remodeled by the architect Jože Plečnik between 1920 and 1934 at the request of the first Czechoslovak president Tomáš Masaryk. In front of the castle stands a statue of President Masaryk, the same one that can be seen on the luxurious Presidente Masaryk Avenue in Mexico City since 2000.

 

According to Guinness Book of records this the largest of the ancient castles. The most visible structure of the citadel is St. Vitus cathedral with its lookout tower that offers great view of the city. The stairwell is hard to climb however. Prague Castle also includes several museums, Royal Garden, palaces and other attractions. Presidential Guard is also changed regularly on the hourly bases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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