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Prague Castle and Hradcany (Prazsky Hrad)

Prague Castle is the most popular sight visited in Prague. It is the largest ancient castle in the world (570 m long, on average 128 m wide, area 7.28 hectares).

Constructed in the 9th century by Prince Bo??ivoj, the castle transformed itself from a wooden fortress surrounded by earthen bulwarks to the imposing form it has today. Rulers made their own additions so there is a mixture of styles. Prague castle has had four major reconstructions, but it keeps its classical facelift it took on in the 18 century during the reign of Maria Theresa. The castle has three courtyards and it has always been the seat of Czech rulers as well as the official residence.


Change of Guards at Prague Castle
gallery: Change of Guards at Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral(Katedrala Sv. Vita)
gallery: St. Vitus Cathedral(Katedrala Sv. Vita)
Old Royal Palace (Stary Kralovsky Palac)
gallery: Old Royal Palace (Stary Kralovsky Palac)
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u21%2fsmshiew%2fsmall%2f35142907.1191942_IMG.jpg the flooding in 2002
the flooding in 2002
guard at castle gates
guard at castle gates
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impassive presidential sentry
impassive presidential sentry
the blood-curdling Battling Titans
the blood-curdling Battling Titans
violence - stabbing
violence - stabbing
more violence - clubbing
more violence - clubbing
u46%2fsmshiew%2fsmall%2f35297891.1222201_IMG.jpg Matthias Gate (Matyasova brana)
Matthias Gate (Matyasova brana)
presidential apartment
presidential apartment
Kohl Fountain
Kohl Fountain
more fountains
more fountains
more fountains
more fountains
another fountain
another fountain
a typical connecting corridor
a typical connecting corridor
Chapel of St Cross
Chapel of St Cross
St. Petrus
St. Petrus
St. Paulus
St. Paulus
Basilika of St George (Bazilica sv Jiri)
Basilika of St George (Bazilica sv Jiri)
Klaster sv Jiri
Klaster sv Jiri
path leading to Golden Lane
path leading to Golden Lane
keep walking
keep walking
Golden Lane (Zlata ulieka)
Golden Lane (Zlata ulieka)
Golden Lane (Zlata ulieka)
Golden Lane (Zlata ulieka)
Golden Lane (Zlata ulieka)
Golden Lane (Zlata ulieka)
Golden Lane (Zlata ulieka)
Golden Lane (Zlata ulieka)
Shops at Golden Lane
Shops at Golden Lane
Shops at Golden Lane
Shops at Golden Lane
Shops at Golden Lane
Shops at Golden Lane
Golden Lane (Zlata ulieka)
Golden Lane (Zlata ulieka)
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Schwarzenbersky Palac
u46%2fsmshiew%2fsmall%2f35297894.1222204_IMG.jpg the beautiful, ornate facade of the Loreto (Loreta)
the beautiful, ornate facade of the Loreto (Loreta)
see the bells inside the tower?
see the bells inside the tower?
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u46%2fsmshiew%2fsmall%2f35297905.1222217_IMG.jpg Mihulka Powder Tower (Prasna viz)
Mihulka Powder Tower (Prasna viz)
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u46%2fsmshiew%2fsmall%2f35368845.1232359_IMG.jpg leaving Prague Castle
leaving Prague Castle
u46%2fsmshiew%2fsmall%2f35368846.1232362_IMG.jpg sovenirs
sovenirs
sovenirs
sovenirs
Novy Svet
Novy Svet
Novy Svet
Novy Svet
Novy Svet
Novy Svet
decorations on top of the door
decorations on top of the door
great doors
great doors
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