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Prague Sights

Bazilika svatého Jiří (St. George's Basilica)

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 10/07/2013

Fodor's Review

Inside, this church looks more or less as it did in the 12th century; it's the best-preserved Romanesque relic in the country. The effect is at once barnlike and peaceful, as the warm golden yellow of the stone walls and the small arched windows exude a sense of enduring harmony. Prince Vratislav I originally built it in the 10th century, though only the foundations remain from that time. The father of Prince Wenceslas (of Christmas carol fame) dedicated it to St. George

(of dragon fame), a figure supposedly more agreeable to the still largely pagan people. The outside was remodeled during early baroque times, although the striking rusty-red color is in keeping with the look of the Romanesque edifice. The painted, house-shape tomb at the front of the church holds Vratislav's remains. Up the steps, in a chapel to the right, is the tomb Peter Parler designed for St. Ludmila, grandmother of St. Wenceslas.

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Sight Information

Address:

Nám. U sv. Jiří, Prague, Bohemia, 118 00, Czech Republic

Phone:

/224–372–434

Website: www.hrad.cz

Sight Details:

  • Included in 2-day castle ticket (250 Kč–350 Kč)
  • Apr.–Oct. 9–5; Nov.–Mar. 9–4

Updated 10/07/2013

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