Travel theme: Up

What I always say to my clients when I am giving the tour in Prague is: Always look up. Everywhere there is something that surprises you, some nice detail that worths seeing, something unexpected. The Travel Theme: Up is therefore easy for me. I want to show you ceilings, domes, vaults and arches, which you can find in Prague but also around it.
As usually we start our tour at Prague Castle, with vaults of St. Vitus cathedral, Vladislav’s Hall and Lands Rolls.

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From top left: Chapel in St. Vitus Cathedral, ceiling of Land Rolls offices in Royal Palace, valuting of St. Vitus cathedral, Vladislav’s Hall

Above you have examples of gothic and Renaissance vaulting, bellow is the dome of St. Nicholas Church in Little Quarter in Prague, the peak of Baroque in Czech lands.

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Dome of St. Nicholas Church

We are coming to the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Vaulting on the left is from the Church of St. Ludmila from the end of 19th century, the right is the shot from the passage of Czech National Bank (our Fort Knox), built at the beginning of 20th century.

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Vaulting of St. Ludmila Church and passage of Czech National Bank

There are a lot of passages and galleries around Wenceslass Square in Prague. Specially these are the places where you stop doing window shopping and you look up to see all the glass and metal around. Most of the passages is nicely reconstructed.

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Passages at Wenceslass Square: Koruna, Rokoko and U Stýblů

Trains are a good way of travelling around Czech Republic, the next shot is from the oldest train station in Prague, now it is called Masaryk‘s, after the first president of independent democratic Czechoslovak republic 1918-1938.

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Masaryk’s train station platform

With the train we can reach Kutná Hora, another place in Czech Republic that is written in UNESCO World Heritage List. Now we are not going to visit the city center, but let’s see quarter called Sedlec, where you find bone chapel and beautiful Church of Assumption of Our Lady.

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Kutná Hory / Sedlec, Ossuary (Bone chapel) and Church of Assumption of Our Lady

You already saw the works of Santini in one of my previous posts and there is the dome of the Church of St. John of Nepomuk in Žďár nad Sázavou, another monument written on World Heritage List and protected by UNESCO.

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Ceiling od the Curch of St. John of Nepomuk in Žďár nad Sázavou

Last but not least is my favorite city Olomouc and shots from the Cathedral of St. Wenceslass, a beautiful cathedral from 12th century.

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Arches and roof of St. Wenceslass cathedral in Olomouc

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cocomino
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 08:12:08

    What a great architecture. I like it

    Reply

  2. elizz
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 08:57:43

    love all the photos..

    Reply

  3. lingeringvisions
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 11:35:25

    Love love love this!

    Reply

  4. Cathy Ulrich
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 15:18:03

    These ceilings are beautiful and so diverse!

    Reply

  5. janalinesmalman
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 15:54:49

    Great shots. I always think the ceilings of Cathedrals and churches usually hold something extra and you can easily miss the detail if you dont look up!!

    Reply

  6. lagottocattleya
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 22:11:47

    Great photos! I really must visit – I have never been to Prague, but I know that it’s famous for its architechture.

    Reply

  7. The Retiring Sort
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 04:34:15

    These are just wonderful – great selections!

    Reply

  8. Amy
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 20:10:51

    Gorgeous ups!

    Reply

  9. Inside the Mind of Isadora
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 12:37:12

    Beautiful wonders that would have been missed were it not for looking “Up”.
    Well done …
    Isadora

    Reply

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