Insta Friday: Prague Cathedral

For today’s Insta Friday post I have a collection of beautiful St Vitus Cathedral in Prague. It is the most important church in our country, the seat of Archibishop, roman catholic church. It was built from 1344 (first half started) to 1929 (second half finished) with lot of work done in between.
My most favorite part of the cathedral are the stained glass windows at the new part of the Cathedral, works of Czech artists Alfons Mucha and Max Švabinský. And in the gallery you can see why I like it so much.


Travel theme: Light

For Travel Theme Light I have for you some more shots from my Winter Airing at Prague Castle, more can be found at one of my previous posts here.

The first gallery is the game of the light at Prague Castle, shadow and light, sun above the Krocín’s fountain at the second courtyard and the third you have already seen, but it is so beautiful that I show it again, sun coming through the stained glass window in St. Vitus Cathedral


Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral

And when you walk down from Prague Castle, you can see the buildings’ shadows on the opposite site of the street, thanks to the light; sun under the Charles Bridge in Čertovka channel and sunset from the Charles Bridge.


Walking down in Neruda street and over the Charles Bridge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

This winter I was walking around my city of Prague and I made a lot of shots with different topics. Thus for Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details I have nice shots from Prague Castle. The first gallery are details from the Golden Lane, a small pictoresque street at Prague Castle premises with cute shops and small museums. To enter the street you have to pay admission fees, but in case you come before or after the opening hours, the place is for free and almost deserted (of course the small shops are closed as well :-)).


Golden Lane details

For the next gallery we stay at Prague castle, enjoy the details from the side door to St. Vitus cathedral.


St. Vitus door

Spring is coming and the weather invites us to go out, the last gallery is from Western Bohemia.


Bor u Tachova

Prague Towers (2) – St. Vitus Cathedral

The introduction to Prague Towers series can be found here.

St. Vitus behind Royal Summerhouse

St. Vitus behind Royal Summerhouse

The first tower I chose for my Prague Towers series is the tower of St. Vitus cathedral in Prague Castle. That’s the green one, which you will find on any panorama picture from Prague, also on my blog here or here or here and also at some other posts, I chose just the panoramatic ones. Today I start with a bit unusual view from the Prague Castle’s back, from Royal Summerhouse.

St. Vitus Cathderal was founded in 1344 by Czech king and Roman Emperor Charles IV as the most important church in Czech lands. It was not built in the city center, as it is quite usual in Europe, but above it, in the complex of Prague Castle.

Bell Tower from the 3rd courtyard of Prague Castle

Bell Tower from the 3rd courtyard of Prague Castle (you can easily guess this shot was not taken the day I climbed the tower up …

It was built in four phases, finished in 1929. At the interior and the exterior you can see the traces of the centuries, but the building itself is gothic, despite the fact that the final works were done in puristic gothic style in 20th century.

The tower we will talk about was founded in 14th century by Petr Parléř and it is called Bell Tower. The height of it was 180.5 ft (55 m). The tower partially burned during the big fire in 1541 and was rebuilt again in 1544. Therefore,  Renaissance arcades were added with baroque green spire on the gothic bases.

Bells are hiddne in the tower behind the golden bar

Bells are hidden in the tower behind the golden bar

Lots of bells rang from the tower, today you will find there these 7:

  • Zikmund (Sigismond) from 1549, the biggest Czech bell, done by Tomáš Jaroš, weight 13.5 tons and diameter 6.6 ft (2.56 m).
  • Václav (Wenceslass) from 1542, done by Ondřej and Matyáš Pražský
  • Jan Křtitel (John Baptist) from 1546, author Stanislav
  • Josef (Joseph) from 1602, author Martin Hilger

From 2012 there are three more bells from the workshop of Dytrych family (from Brodek by Přerov)

  • Dominik (Dominus = Our Lord)
  • Maria
  • Ježíš (Jesus) – the smallest

You can listen to easter ringing of these bells from 2012 at this link.

From St. Vitus bell tower there is one of the most beautiful views to Prague, even when the visibility is low.

Government buildings

Important buildings from top left: Černín Palace – ministery of Foreign Affairs, Royal Summerhouse, Lobkowicz Palace – German Embassy, Karmář’s villa – seat of prime minister

Looking straight down from the tower.

Right down

St. George basilic, oldest church at Prague Castle, roofs od the Cathedral, 3rd courtayrd of Prague Castle – main entrance to presidential offices

Deatils on the roofs.



And finally view to the city.

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View to east, Little Quarter and Charles Bridge

Little Quarter square with St. Nicholas Church and former jesuith college in the middle

Little Quarter square with St. Nicholas Church and former jesuith college in the middle

Vltava river bridges, direction Letná, Karlín and Holešovice

Vltava river bridges, direction Letná, Karlín and Holešovice

Our next tower will be Petřín Watchtower, how viewed from Bell Tower of St. Vitus Cathedral.

Petřín - watchtower

Petřín – watchtower

The whole series to be found here
1 Introduction
2 Bell Tower of St. Vitus Cathedral
3 Petřín Watchtower
4 St. Nicholas Bellfry
5 Little Quarter’s Bridge Tower
6 Old Town’s Bridge Tower
7 Astronomical Klementinum Tower
8 Tower of the Old Town Townhall
9 Powder Tower


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