Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tour Prague Castle

The Czech people love their castles. The Czech Republic is one of the countries with the highest density of castles in the world, and one of the largest castles in the world is Prague Castle, which covers more than 18 acres and includes the original castle as well as museums, gardens, churches, art galleries and a monastery.

Historians estimate that it was built around 880 AD by Prince Bořivoj of the Premyslid Dynasty, but it wasn’t until the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV made the Prague Castle his residence in the 14th century that the castle truly became a symbol of the Czech people.

The castle has survived multiple fires, invasions, occupations and World Wars, but like the Czech people, still stands tall despite adversity. In its long history, the castle has expanded by rulers of the region and boasts a variety of architectural styles, including Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.

Many areas of the castle were recently made accessible to the public for the first time in history, including the Royal Garden, Ballgame Hall, the south gardens, or the Imperial Stables.

Today, the castle is the seat of the President of the Czech Republic and serves as the historical and political center for both city and state. A number of priceless art relics, historical documents, and the Czech Crown Jewels are stored here.

For pictures and more information, check out this website.

-Heather Tinley, Opera Colorado Marketing Coordinator

1 comment:

  1. You're absolutely right about us Czechs and our castles. I just spent a few days about 100km north of Prague in a wonderful area called Cesky Raj which is translated as Bohemian Paradise. It's full of little castles and lots of history. Check it out if you can.

    By the way, Prague Castle is the largest working castle in the world. Pretty cool. I love living here and passing it everyday. It never gets old.

    All the best,