Prague Castle Image Tour
'Aerial view' as seen from Petrin tower.
The Belvedere building, at the end of the Royal Gardens, was built by the Italian architect
Paolo della Stella, whereas the roof structure was by Bonifaz Wolmut. Its setting on high
ground makes it a recurring motif in 19th Century paintings of Prague landscapes.
From the park next to it, one has a splendid view of the many bridges crossing the Vltava.
- North stairs
These stairs lead to the east entrance of the Prague Castle area. In the tourist season,
almost every fifth step is occupied by stalls. For those who are not interested in climbing
a great deal, a tram (line 22) leads to the north of Hradcany (passing the Hoffmeister building,
you can see the road leading upwards behind it).
- South stairs
Following these stairs down, you will reach the square where the opulent baroque St. Nicholas Cathedral
can be visited.
- Sipek in Prague castle
The Czech artist and architect Borek Sipek is engaged in a number of projects on Prague Castle. Gavin Keeney
has written an essay on the entrance for the president of the Czech Republic portico.
- Plecnik in Prague castle and castle garden
The Slovenian architect Plecnik has worked intensively on the reconstruction of Prague castle.
- St. Vitus cathedral
It took 585 years (1344-1929) to complete the church as it stands now, although its roots go back to
935 AD. In this manner it is not only a 'Gesammtkunstwerk' that encompasses a single building, but
which also stretches through the centuries. The hybrid Gothic-Baroque tower exemplifies this long process.
The west-facade towers are late 19th Century.
- Small courtyard in Prague castle
- Prague Castle Square
- West part of Hradcany
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