Discovering Unusual Facts About Prague Castle
On June 3, students of the International Youth Union summer programs went on a guided tour with a certified guide to find out what Prague Castle and Golden Lane are, and also why are they so well known?
To begin with, Pražký Hrad, translated from the Czech language as “Prague Castle”, is a whole castle complex, built in the 9th century, which served and still serves as a location for high-ranked. Prague Castle is under the protection of UNESCO and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest castle complex in the world.
If earlier there were kings of Bohemia sitting there, then today there is the residence of the president, which is carefully guarded by military guards. The guard changes every hour, and if you come before noon you can watch the ceremonial part of changing the guard with the orchestra sound.
From the height of the Prague Castle observation platforms there is a magnificent view of the red brick roofs that create an atmosphere of comfort and celebration – the students took a few beautiful photos. On the territory of the Prague Castle there is also something to see: for example, the Gothic cathedral of St. Vitus – the saint patron of actors and comedians. It is believed that St. Vitus also helped the mute and deaf, as well as looked after the safety of Charles Bridge.
Interesting fact: Not far from the cathedral there used to be the pagan temple of Sventovit, – there is a version that a modern church with a consonant name that we see today appeared after Prince Vaclav ordered the paganism to be abolished and the construction of a new cathedral appeared to attract people to the Christian faith.
The students walked along Hradchansky Square, where, after the victory above plague in Prague, the Mariana Column was build, and also visited the famous Golden Lane.
Along this small street tiny houses are located, on which numbers from one to twenty seven are marked. It is known that each house carries a different story. For example, a healer once lived in a house of twenty-seven with herbs and jars of drugs lined up, and Franz Kafka, a Czech author who wrote such famous works as a “Transformation” and the book “Castle”, lived in a house of twenty-two.
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