Pradžy Hrad and Surroundings

I’m currently sat in a small pub/cafe near Prague Castle (but far enough not to have extortionate prices), sipping a dark beer and full with eclairs and whipped cream. Mmm, a good afternoon snack.

I took the metro this morning, changing at Muzeum and continuing to Malostranská. I followed the signs (there are many!) to Pradžy Hrad, or Prague Castle. I also believe there’s a football match on nearby, as I’ve seen many people walking around in Bayern München shirts.

The walk up to the castle was a little… Tough. Mostly due to the fact that castles are generally built on the top of hills for strategic reasons, and also because I hadn’t been awake for very long, and the sun was also absolutely baking hot.

I eventually reached the top.

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Cheeky selfie there.

The view from the castle ramp is incredible, although you have to fight other tourists to actually take a photo.

I continued through, occasionally going into buildings and leaving once I discovered there was an entrance fee. Cheap, me.

There is quite enough to see at the castle without paying for anything, however. I also managed to read one bit of an exhibition and discovered that one of the rulers – the Jagiellons – were also the ruling house in Lithuania (as well as a few other countries).

I visited the Cathedral of St. Vitus, St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert, which is an absolutely incredible structure. Construction began in 1344, by Charles IV, and was eventually completed in 1929. Yes, that’s right. Over half a millennium later.

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I also saw the 15.5 metre granite obelisk, which is quite cool. It was to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the newly independent Czechoslovakia.

I then headed towards the Loreta, a stunning bell tower holding 30 bells and weighing 1.5 tons. It was here that I was sitting on the bench and a wedding party arrived for photographs. Of course, the photographer in me jumped at the opportunity and took a few photos of my own. Although this is the third wedding party I’ve seen and taken photos of in two countries…

I’m now heading away from the castle, towards the Lesser Town, to go and see the St. Nicholas Church, which looks beautiful in all the pictures I’ve seen, and also has links to the secret police during the Communist regime, as it was used as an observation point for spying on the nearby US, German and other western embassies.

I’m beginning to realise that – for a non religious person – I have a tendency to visit a lot of religious buildings. I blame the incredible architecture.

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