“Good King Wenceslas looked out/ On the Feast of Stephen…”

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Prague Castle
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Cathedral and Castle

Towering over the city of Prague is the Hradcany complex, including Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. Prague Castle is home to the President of the Czech Republic and the Bohemian Crown Jewels.

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St. Vitus Cathedral
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St. Vitus Cathedral
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St. Vitus Cathedral
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The Mosaic of the Last Judgment added in 1372
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Sculpture at St. Vitus
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St. George slaying the dragon

St. Vitus Cathedral is actually the Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vitus, Wenceslas, and Adalbert. It contains the tombs of many kings of Bohemia including the Good King (and saint) Wenceslas himself and Holy Roman Emperors. The current cathedral is the third church on the site and was begun in 1344. The work continued slowly throughout the 14th century, and then a fire damaged parts of the cathedral in 1541. The cathedral remained half finished for many centuries until in the 19th and 20th centuries, the work was undertaken to restore and finish the cathedral. The work was declared complete in 1929.

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Interior of St. Vitus Cathedral
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Stained glass and a wall painting inside the Cathedral
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View of the entire layout for the Cathedral
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Rose Window – St. Vitus
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Stained glass over the altar at St. Vitus
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Stained glass inside St. Vitus
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St. Vitus interior
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Painting of the baptism of Christ inside St. Vitus
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One of many carvings inside the church
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Stained glass inside the cathedral

The views from the Hradcany complex out across Prague are some of the best in the city, even on a rainy day.

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Stairs… always stairs
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The streets on the Hradcany side of the river are vertical but lovely
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Street on the Hradcany side
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Street on the Hradcany side
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Another part of the Hradcany complex
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St. George slaying the dragon
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Another part of the Hradcany complex
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Street on the Hradcany side on the way up to the castle
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View of Prague from Hradcany
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View of Prague from Hradcany

Title quote: “Good King Wenceslas”

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