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Chosen articles 09.03.2014
One day in Prague
If you are planning to spend a day in Prague, it would be smart to create an itinerary so that you can make the most of the little bit of time that you will be there. There are some things that are an absolute must on a one day trip to Prague. Since the city is rich in history and culture, a one day trip to Prague should be used to take in its most popular attractions.
There is no way one should spend the day in Prague and not visit the castle. Presently the official seat of the nation’s president, the castle has been seat to the state and the church for many centuries. The castle was founded during the Premyslid Dynasty by Price Borijov, and even holds a record in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest castle complex in the world.
The castle is open daily. The hours of operation depend on the season. During the summer season (April1- October 31); the castle is open from 5:00 - 24:00. During this season, the historical are open from 9:00 – 17:00. In the winter (November 1 – March 31), the daily hours of operation for the caste are 6:00 – 23:00. The historical monuments are open from 9:00 – 16:00. There is a “Changing of the Guard” ceremony that takes place every hour. At the mid-day hour, the ceremony is a little more extravagant.
The Royal Palace
Every five years, the Royal Palace is where the Czech presidential elections are held. The oldest part of the palace can be traced as far back as 1135. One of its interior halls was once considered the largest in the city during Prague’s medieval period. Many of the kings who lived in the palace had some reconstruction done to the palace during their reign.
St. George’s Basilica
St. George’s Basilica is the oldest church building that is part of the Castle and still around. Dedicated to St. George, it was founded in 920 by a Bohemian named Vratislaus I. The Basilica was enlarged in 973 when Benedictine St. George’s Abbey was added to the structure. There was a rebuilding project in 1142, after the building suffered damage due to a major fire.
Another important part of the city’s history is the Charles Bridge. This gothic, stone bridge is full of galleries, structures and local artists. It offers a full view of Prague Castle and Lesser Town. Once adorned with 30 Baroque statues, many of the original are now housed in the museum and have been replaced with replicas. There are towers on both ends of the bridge that strollers can climb for a beautiful aerial view of Prague and the bridge itself.
In conclusion, a one day trip to Prague should be spent visiting locations that are directly associated with Prague’s rich, royal history. All of these attractions are historical monuments that aid in teaching visitors about the historical foundation on which the city was built. Visitors will be taken back in time, to when Kings rule the nation. One day in Prague is never enough time to see all of the things that the city has to offer, so it would be best to take in some of the most important sights associated with the city.
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