Castles and Cathedrals

Trip Start May 12, 2006
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Trip End Jun 04, 2006


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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

This morning we saw all of the sights at Prague Castle, which is not just one building, but more like an entire town.   There are various courtyards, a huge cathedral, parliament building, and of course the main castle.  Climbing 180-odd stairs winding up a very narrow passageway in one of the castle towers (not for the claustrophobic!) gave us some incredible views of the city.     There were raucous school groups all over the place.

Of course, all of that walking, climbing, and dodging gaggles of teenagers put us in the mood for some good Czech beer.  Since there seems to be a beer hall on every corner, that craving was easily satisfied.  You may notice, by the way, that I've mentioned beer in all two of my posts so far!

After lunch, we checked out St. Nicholas Cathedral, the most ornate baroque church I have ever seen - multiple altars, carved marble columns and statues everywhere, antique paintings from the 1400's depicting the Stations of the Cross, crypts in the basement where past bishops and other important church figures are buried, beautiful artwork on the ceiling, and lots of gold and ironwork.

Next, it was a walk across the Charles Bridge, which is really really old (I forget exactly how old).  It's now a pedestrian bridge lined along both sides with all manner of artists selling their work.  That's about when it started to rain, so we ducked into the subway tunnel system. 

The city really is as beautiful as I expected.  I haven't seen so much impressive architecture anywhere else on my travels.
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