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One of the largest presidential residences in the world today is open to visitors. During this time, many architectural masterpieces appeared here, in addition, all the main treasures of the Czech Republic are stored here.
This part of the city is accessible for tourists only two days a year: the first Saturday after May 8 (Day of Victory over Fascism), as well as the first Saturday after October 28 (Day of the Proclamation of the Czech Republic). The apartments are a suite of halls for receptions and ceremonies with the participation of the President and distinguished guests. Some of the premises served for such purposes as early as the 16th century. the Spanish Hall and the Rudolph II Gallery, which preserved the interiors of the Renaissance, are particularly impressive.
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Cathedral is an architectural Gothic miracle, the place of coronation of Czech kings. Despite the fact that the temple was improved and completed several times, its royal severity and harmony cannot but admire. Special attention should be paid to the chapel of St. Wenceslas, the repository of royal treasures, as well as the impressive reliefs on the entrance doors of the cathedral. You can not ignore the stained-glass windows in the windows of the cathedral, creating a colorful play of light inside the temple.
On the territory of the city of gardens abound. Since a visit to this huge object can last for a whole day, a walk through the flowering gardens will help you to relax a bit from the impressions of one palace and prepare for new impressions in the next palace.
Royal Summer Palace
Now it is the venue for various exhibitions and events. The elegant architecture of the Renaissance, murals illustrating the main events of Czech history attract many visitors here. A special object is the singing fountain. The sound of falling drops resembles a bell ringing.
The building, which survived several tragedies at once. The ball was played here only in the 17-18 centuries. Then the premises were used for stables, a military warehouse, and during the war it was almost completely destroyed. This example of Renaissance architecture was restored only at the end of the 20th century. Now there are also exhibitions.
Old Powder Tower (Mikhulka)
This fortification was not only an arms depot and defense fortification. At the time of Emperor Rudolph II, fascinated by alchemy, a laboratory was located here. Until the beginning of the 20th century, it was in the tower that the apartments of the priests of St. Witt Cathedral were placed.
Old royal palace
The oldest city building. the foundations were laid back in the 9th century. Then the castle was rebuilt in the 12th and 15th centuries. The huge hall of Vladislav is especially interesting here, where once not only important royal ceremonies, receptions and balls were held, but also ... knightly tournaments. The staircase at the entrance to the hall is designed so that knights on horseback can enter here. The Vladislav hall is used as the reception hall of state apartments in especially solemn occasions (inauguration of the president).
The church of all saints is also part of the old palace, but it is open to visitors only during Sunday service. Sometimes concerts take place here.
Basilica of St. George
The ancient church and monastery, the foundations of which were laid in the 10th century. Built in the Romanesque style, the church went through several rebuildings and now even baroque elements can be found here. The premises of the church and monastery now houses a collection of paintings by the National Gallery. The burial places of the ancient Czech princely family of the Przemysłowicz survived.
Miraculously preserved street with houses of castle servants, court jewelers, as well as castle guards. In one of the houses Kafka once lived. The street passes near the Dalibork tower, the basement of which has long been used as a castle prison.
Castle Picture Gallery
The basis of the collection is paintings collected by Emperor Rudolph. Unfortunately, historical upheavals led to the loss of many masterpieces. However, now you can see many works of the most famous European artists.
In addition to all of the above, on the territory of the city you can visit several ancient noble houses, the royal stable, the house of the commandant of the castle and many other objects.
Entrance tickets to Prague Castle are divided into categories. The most expensive, giving the right to visit almost all objects, will cost 350 CZK. You can purchase tickets to attend individual exhibitions and pay from 70 to 150 crowns. You can simply wander around the territory of the city and really plunge into the atmosphere of its thousand-year history.