After realizing that I had indeed found Prague castle, I realized that I’d also missed out on quite a lot. So I returned today for a more comprehensive visit.
On the way there I stopped to see St. Nicholas Church. It’s a pretty building with a fairly simple exterior that doesn’t stand out too much (considering how pretty all the buildings are here). I couldn’t believe my eyes when I walked in. It’s easily the most ornate building I’ve ever been in. I don’t think words could do it justice, so I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves.
Whether or not you care for baroque architecture, this church is impressive. It dates back to the early 1700s and Mozart himself performed there. I could have spent all day there marveling at the opulence; it truly knows no bounds.
Leaving St. Nicholas’ Church, I again climbed the 200+ stairs up to the castle. I headed straight for St. Vitus’ Cathedral, which is the gothic one I’d popped into yesterday. This time I bought the admission ticket and got to explore beyond the entry-way. There was much more to see than I expected. Although it paled in comparison to St. Nicholas, this church too was packed with extravagant displays of wealth.
Here’s another photo of the outside.
I went next to the Golden Lane, which is where several tiny little houses were built into the wall that surrounds the castle. They were tiny- ancient Czech’s must have been the size of hobbits! Most of the homes have been converted into stores, but some are still arranged with authentic items to demonstrate the ancient living quarters.
By this point, my toes were numb with cold so I stopped into a cafe and thawed out while enjoying a nice hot wine. Then I made the trek back to the hotel, ordered room service, and climbed promptly into bed to enjoy a nice hot soup. While there’s still a lot of the castle that I haven’t seen, I’m glad I made the return trip.
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