Prague – Czech Republic – Photos

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

When I visited Prague Patchwork, I also had several wonderful days to explore Prague itself.  This photo is actually the Basilica within the Palace complex rather than the Palace itself.  The palace complex lies on a hill dominating the Prague skyline – I was a wimp and took a bus to get there, although I did walk down the hill afterwards!  This is the largest coherent castle complex in the world.

The Basilica of St George was extraordinary on the outside and just as delightful inside.




Inside the basilica

Inside the basilica

Prague Castle complex

The Czech government is still based in in the castle and it is also the home of the Czech president.  For this reason many parts are obviously not open to the public.  However for me the basilica was the star of the show anyway.

Cottage in Golden Lane

Cottage in Golden Lane

Down the side of the basilica lies Golden Lane which has been restored to its original function of workmen’s cottages.  It’s a fascinating street and many of the cottages have been renovated to show the homes and workplaces of different trades.  Naturally I homed in on the cottage with a sewing machine kept beside the bed – although my sewing dominates the house I haven’t quite reached the stage of keeping my machine beside my bed yet.

Golden Lane was home to Franz Kafka and other writers for many years.  It also had a reputation for being the home of alchemists striving to turn metals into gold.

King Charlemagne

King Charlemagne

Wenceslas Square

As a child I can remember images of Russian tanks filling Wenceslas Square in 1968, so it was wonderful to walk down this vibrant square.  This photo was taken from half way down the square looking back up to the Art Gallery and the statue of King Wenceslas.  He is the patron saint of Bohemia and was a much loved King, not just the guy in the Christmas carols.

Straw figures in Wenceslas Square

Straw figures in Wenceslas Square

Nowadays the middle of the square is filled with street food vendors and although it was expensive it was very tasty!

These two figures were made of straw and were quite delightful.

Old Town Square Prague

Old Town Square Prague

Old Town Square Prague

This wonderful square contains the Old Town Hall with its wonderful 15th century astronomical clock.  We watched this striking the hour twice and I did take a video of it but can’t seem to find it now.  You can see more about it in the link above.  The clock is one of the major attractions in this square, but the whole square is wonderful.

St Nicholas Church

St Nicholas Church

Prague is brimming over with wonderful buildings, not just churches.  I’m sure that I missed many of them during my walks in Prague, but one that stands out is the St Nicholas Church in Old Town Square.  Wikipedia describes it as the finest baroque in Prague.

The church is lovely outside and totally stunning on the inside.

Stained glass windows

Stained glass windows

Many wonderful stained glass windows fill the church with coloured light.

Rose window

Rose window

This rose window is superb.  I could go on for ever about this beautiful church.

Unusual tomb

Unusual tomb

I enjoyed this tomb – there was something refreshing about seeing the man appearing to sit up and talk rather than the usual view of someone lying in state.

Sorry but I can’t remember whose tomb it is.

Other places I visited include the Charles Bridge over the River Vitlava.  This is the one with statues all the way across and if you rub one particular one it means that you will return to Prague.  I didn’t take any photos here because the whole bridge was so crowded.

John Lennon wall

John Lennon wall

Just the other side of the bridge, tucked away around a corner, we happened upon the John Lennon Wall.  If I’m honest, this seemed to be a wall of street art featuring John among others.

Overall I found Prague enchanting.  It wasn’t just the romance and beauty of the city – it was also amazing how friendly and helpful the people of Prague.

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  1. sheila Lymn says:

    HI Rose another lovely quilt
    .I have just been on a lovely memory tour round Prague from when I took my family so thank you and glad you had a lovely birthday love and hugs Sheila xxx

    • Hi Sheila. Glad you enjoyed the Prague photos. I was going to put up one of the Charles Bridge for your memories, but I couldn’t find a decent one that wasn’t full of people hiding the actual bridge!

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