A Travellerspoint blog

Prague

The stuff of fairytales.

semi-overcast 19 °C
View Red and Annie's European Journey on Gibbo54's travel map.

We've had to make the most of today as this is it for us in Prague - we leave tomorrow morning. We caught the 22 Tram and were taken up to the top of the hill on the west side of the Vltava River - to the medieval Prague Castle that had it's origins in the 9th Century. In the grounds of the Castle is St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George's Basilica, a monastery, palaces, gardens and defense towers.
We spent nearly 7 hours here - it was an enlightening step back in time. The churches and castle have undergone many renovations in their history and have been ravaged by at least three fires over the last 1,000 years. St. Vitus Cathedral in particular is spectacularly beautiful - I don't think I have ever seen such exquisite lead light windows. The remains of numerous members of royal families and St. Wenceslas himself are lying within the Cathedral.
At around 4.30pm we made our way back to our apartment and started to pack up and get ready for an early getaway tomorrow morning. Being our last night in Prague, we decided to go out for dinner and see Prague after dark - without the rain. We had a traditional Czech meal just off Wenceslas Square and afterwards went for a walk to the Old Town Square. There were people everywhere, alot of them waiting to see the Astronomical Clock strike 10. The site of floodlit medieval buildings in the Square (in particular the gothic Tyn Church) was just stunning, unforgettable - indeed the stuff of fairytales.
Prague - the Charles Bridge is in the middle of the photo.

Prague - the Charles Bridge is in the middle of the photo.

Terracotta rooves of Prague.

Terracotta rooves of Prague.

The Czech flag flying over Prague.

The Czech flag flying over Prague.

Torture Chamber in the grounds of the Prague Castle.

Torture Chamber in the grounds of the Prague Castle.

Ancient tool shed - Prague Castle.

Ancient tool shed - Prague Castle.

Selfie - in front of St. Vitus Cathedral - in the grounds of the Prague Castle.

Selfie - in front of St. Vitus Cathedral - in the grounds of the Prague Castle.

The ornate side entry of St. Vitus Cathedral - Prague.

The ornate side entry of St. Vitus Cathedral - Prague.

St. Vitus Cathedral - Prague Castle.

St. Vitus Cathedral - Prague Castle.

The entrance to St. Vitus Cathedral - Prague.

The entrance to St. Vitus Cathedral - Prague.

One of many ornate altars in St. Vitus Cathedral.

One of many ornate altars in St. Vitus Cathedral.

The final resting place of St. Wenceslas - St. Vitus Cathedral - Prague.

The final resting place of St. Wenceslas - St. Vitus Cathedral - Prague.

Beautiful St. Vitus Cathedral - Prague.

Beautiful St. Vitus Cathedral - Prague.

Exquisite leadlight window in St. Vitus Cathedral - Prague.

Exquisite leadlight window in St. Vitus Cathedral - Prague.

A moonlit Old Town Square - night time - Prague.

A moonlit Old Town Square - night time - Prague.

Straight from a fairy tale - the magical Tyn Church - Old Town Square - Prague.

Straight from a fairy tale - the magical Tyn Church - Old Town Square - Prague.

The Astronomical Clock - Prague - under lights.

The Astronomical Clock - Prague - under lights.

The Town Hall and Astronomical Clock - Old Town Square - Prague.

The Town Hall and Astronomical Clock - Old Town Square - Prague.

This is half a duck - do I really have to eat this???

This is half a duck - do I really have to eat this???

Posted by Gibbo54 08:13 Archived in Czech Republic

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Be the first to comment on this entry.

This blog requires you to be a logged in member of Travellerspoint to place comments.

Enter your Travellerspoint login details below

( What's this? )

If you aren't a member of Travellerspoint yet, you can join for free.

Join Travellerspoint