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St George's Basilica

Prague, Czech Republic
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St. George's Basilica is the oldest church building within the Prague Castle complex. It is also the best preserved Romanesque church in Prague. St. George's Basilica (Bazilika Sv. Jiří) was founded by Prince Vratislav (915-921) in 920. The basilica was then enlarged in 973 with the construction of St. George's Benedictine Convent. In 1142 St. George's Basilica had to be rebuilt following a fire. And the Baroque facade that we see today was added in 1671-1691. Its ceiling is made of a deep, dark wood, its height accentuated by the fairly narrow width of the church. Decorative windows in the stone walls provide atmospheric lighting. Within the church lie several tombs of major historic importance. In the Gothic... Read More
St. George's Basilica is the oldest church building within the Prague Castle complex. It is also the best preserved Romanesque church in Prague. St. George's Basilica (Bazilika Sv. Jiří) was founded by Prince Vratislav (915-921) in 920. The basilica was then enlarged in 973 with the construction of St. George's Benedictine Convent. In 1142 St. George's Basilica had to be rebuilt following a fire. And the Baroque facade that we see today was added in 1671-1691. Its ceiling is made of a deep, dark wood, its height accentuated by the fairly narrow width of the church. Decorative windows in the stone walls provide atmospheric lighting. Within the church lie several tombs of major historic importance. In the Gothic Chapel of St. Ludmila lies the tomb of St. Ludmila, the saint and widow of the 9th century ruler Prince Borivoj. Also buried in the basilica are Prince Vratislav and Boleslav II.
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