St. George’s Basilica, Prague
Some of the most recognizable towers, which poke out of the Prague Castle, are the two bright towers of St. George’s basilica. The basilica with its nearby convent was founded by Czech king Vratislav I. around year 920. In year 973 it became a convent for Benedictine nuns.
In the following years St. George’s basilica suffered serious damage on a number of occasions – in 1142, it was badly damaged by fire after an unsuccessful siege of Prague Castle by Conrad of Znojmo. During the Hussite Wars it was plundered, and lastly it went up in flames during the greatest fire in Prague’s history, in 1541. Despite all difficulties, St. George’s basilica has been able to survive throughout a millennium to bring us a unique testimony from time of the first Czech kings. Archaeological research was carried out from 1958-64, during which many great discoveries were made, including several unopened graves of the first Czech kings with all of their burial gifts intact.
Nowadays, St. George’s basilica is open to visitors of Prague Castle and the nearby convent building is used from time to time as a gallery. During your visit don’t forget to ask your tour guide about all the damaged parts of the frescos, covering the ceiling above the altar and chapel on the right. He or she can share with you and old legend, explaining why some of the frescoes are damaged and some are not.
St. George’s Basilica Info:
Map. Ref.: 50.0912194, 14.4026361
Address: Jiřská street, Prague Castle
Opening hours: 9am-4pm (winter season), 9am-5pm (summer season)
Categories: Sights, Prague Castle
Tags: Prague Castle Tour Absolute Small group castle tour