Things to see - Prague Castle Historical Buildings

Prague Castle

Situated about 10 km from Prague, Levý Hradec along the Vltava River was one of first settlements within the territory of Bohemia. As time passed and the gord was gradually extended, the area was no longer sufficient and the Bohemians moved their settlement to the territory of today’s Prague. It was probably in 884 that […]

St. George’s Basilica

The originally Romanesque-style church, of which only the foundations were preserved, was founded by Duke of Bohemia Vratislav I at the beginning of the 10th century. Reconstructed after the establishment of the Prague Bishopric in 973, the church accommodated the first Bohemian monastery dedicated to the Order of Saint Benedict. Though the first efforts to […]

The New Royal Palace

The New Royal Palace is the name for a set of buildings in the Western part of Prague Castle with a uniform facade, rebuilt in Baroque Classicism by Maria Theresa. It is a representative castle seat, which even overshadowed the original Old Royal Palace, partly. The first floor with several lounges and halls serves the purposes […]

Old Royal Palace

This area was reputedly the first ducal court, most probably built of wood as early as at the end of the 9th century. Gradually, the stone palace was constructed, with significant Romanesque-style reconstruction works carried out during the reign of Dukes Soběslav I and Vladislav II in the 12th century. The former initiated the new […]

Golden Lane

Another Prague Castle favourite stop is the Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička). Dating back to the 15th or 16th century, this narrow street with tiny houses gathered craftsmen, castle gunmen and subjects. Its original name was “Goldsmith’s Lane”, as goldsmiths were among local residents. When walking through the street, you can pop into the houses to […]

Picture Gallery at Prague Castle

It was Rudolph II, the ruler of Bohemia between 1576 and 1611, who laid the foundations of the Prague Castle Picture Gallery with his artistic collections. Rudolph, having moved his seat back to Prague in 1583, made Prague the heart of all European events. A great supporter of science (especially astronomy, astrology and alchemy) as […]

Rožmberk Palace

Constructed in the period 1545 ‑ 1574 by the Rosenberg family (Rožmberkové) in Renaissance style, the Palace fell into the possession of Rudolph II and was connected to the Royal Palace in 1600. In the mid-18th century it underwent a Baroque-style reconstruction initiated by Maria Theresa. It was this empress who used these premises to […]

Powder Tower (Mihulka)

Powder Tower, also called Mihulka, was erected in the 15th century as part of the castle’s fortification for artillery purposes. After 1541, when it was struck by fire, it became the residence of Tomáš Jaroš, a bell founder who created the Zikmund Bell in St. Vitus Cathedral, or the singing fountain in front of Queen […]

Southern Tower of Saint Vitus Cathedral

Standing almost 100m tall, the southern tower is the highest tower of Saints Vitus, Wenceslas and Adalbert Cathedral. Initiated by Peter Parler in the 14th century, it was damaged by fire in 1541 and had to undergo reconstruction, carried out by Bonifác Wolmut. The nearly  300-stair climb is rewarded with a view of St. Vitus […]

Imperial Stables

The Imperial Stables, a two-wing building situated in the Northern section of the Castle, was built by Rudolph II at the end of the 16th century. Emperor Rudolph II liked horses, and to satisfy his collector’s passion, he had a part of the ramparts demolished, building spectacular stables in their place around 1583. At the […]

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