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Prague Castle Area

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Prague Castle and its surrounding Castle Area is the most visited sight in Prague (and may be in Czech Republic as well). The Prague Castle was built in the 9th century on the place. Over the course of centuries, new buildings were added to the core of the Castle, so today's appearance of the largest ancient castle in the world presents complex and the mixture of styles. The castle area is about 570 meters long and 128 wide on average.

Castle Area with the Castle lies on the hill atop the river Vltava, on its left (west) bank. Below the Castle, between Hradčany and the river Prague's Lesser Quarter is wedged.

The area west from Prague Castle is called Hradčany with centre called Hradčanské náměstí (Hradčany square). The area was once an independent city, granted its own rights in 14th century. At the end of 16th century, it became one of the Prague's quarters. It covers relatively small area from the gate of Prague Castle to Strahov Monastery and Pohořelec.

What to see in the Castle Area

When in Prague Castle with its three courtyards and a complex of buildings, visit St Vitus Cathedral or Old Royal Palace on the 3rd courtyard.

Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička) with tiny colourful houses runs along the nortern wall of the Castle, and Summer Palace (Belvedere) is several steps from the Castle outside the premises.

There are also several gardens around the Prague Castle that are accessible to public.

In Hradčany, do not forget to visit Prague's Loreta with its 27 bells near the Černín Palace (where Czech foreign ministry has its seat) and the Strahov Monastery and its Library that belongs to Premonstratensians.


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