PRAGUE: Behold! The largest medieval castle in the world, and the biggest church in Czech Republic! (Part 3)

Woot! Ahoy! Maerose here. After a few days of rainy and gloomy weather, the sun is back up in the sky again! And with that is the motivation to write the third part of my escapade to one of the most visited tourist destinations in Europe — the city of Prague. (If you missed Part 1:  The fairy tale City of a Hundred SpiresPart 2: Wandering across one of the most beautiful bridges in Europe)

A few street turns from the Charles Bridge is the majestic castle complex of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles. Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Built around 800 A.D., it was established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the entire historic city, in 1992.

A street leading to the Prague Castle
A street leading to the Prague Castle
I was supposed to meet another traveler from Taiwan at this tram station, but she never showed up. :P
I was supposed to meet another traveler from Taiwan at this tram station, but she never showed up. 😛
A sophisticated lamp post
A sophisticated lamp post

I have encountered many staircases during my travels, and the stairs going up the castle is one heck of a staircase! 😀

The castle stairs that almost killed me :P
The castle stairs that almost killed me 😛
A narrow passageway to the castle complex
A narrow passageway to the castle complex

It would take me hours to write about the palaces, halls, churches, towers, monuments, gardens, and other structures found within the complex. So, I’ll just focus on the significant once, and share many a pictures to let the Castle speak for itself. 😉

The Czech flag waving
The Czech flag waving

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The Mary Column, or the Plague Column, erected in the 1700s
The Mary Column, or the Plague Column, erected in the 1700s
The castle square
The castle square
The Archbishop's Palace, originally built in 1538. The Rococo façade was created in 1760.
The Archbishop’s Palace, originally built in 1538. The Rococo façade was created in 1760.
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (1850-1937), founder and first President of Czechoslovakia
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (1850-1937), founder and first President of Czechoslovakia

As I have described in the first entry, the weather in the city during my visit was very unpredictable and surprising. Just imagine all the possible weather conditions happening in one day. 😉 That didn’t stop me from exploring the castle and the city though!

What a weather!
What a weather!
What a weather!
What a weather!
The castle entrance
The castle entrance
The Matthias Gate, a triumphal entrance gate and the first Baroque structure in the castle
The Matthias Gate, a triumphal entrance gate and the first Baroque structure in the castle

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By the way, roaming around the castle complex is free, but visiting the insides of the buildings and churches is not. Hundreds of tourists visit the complex everyday, so one can expect a very crowded ticket station. Because of that, I skipped the interior of the buildings, sad to say.

Now, one of the most prominent buildings in the area is the St. Vitus Cathedral. It is a Roman Catholic metropolitan church, which also serves as the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. The largest and most important church in the country, the Gothic structure contains the tombs of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors, according to Wikipedia.

St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral
In front of the Cathedral
In front of the Cathedral

The Castle offers not only amazing architectural styles, but also magnificent views of the city! I even found a downhill vineyard on my way out. It seems like the perfect location to put a castle, if you’re thinking about elegance and serenity rolled into one.

Tourists flock to get a view of the city from the castle
Tourists flock to get a view of the city from the castle
A panorama of the city from the castle
A panorama of the city from the castle
Prague from the castle
Prague from the castle
Prague from the castle
Prague from the castle
Prague from the castle
Prague from the castle
People walking though the vineyard
People walking though the vineyard
Prague from the castle
Prague from the castle
Taking selfies 1
Trying out a selfie
I could stay there forever!
I could stay there forever!
Exiting the castle complex
Exiting the castle complex

It was truly a magical experience to visit the castle complex. Never had I imagined in my younger years that I’ manage to see a place like that. (Yep, no castles whatsoever in the Philippines. What we have are the Malacañang Palace, a modern building that serves as the residence of the President, and several fortifications and very old churches from the Spanish era. And malls. Plenty of huge malls!)

If not for my goal to visit all the safe countries in the world, I’d definitely want to go back to beautiful Prague. I even imagined myself living there. It seemed unlikely though, given that the Czech language is difficult to learn (got three languages to juggle in my mind already, heh) and they got restricted and unavailable sites on the web, like Netflix (not that I used netflix).

Anyway, next time, I’ll write about the little tour around the contrasting Old and New Town of Prague. Thanks for reading and enjoy the weather! #spreadlove

Just me in Prague
Just me in Prague
Prague Castle
Prague Castle

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