Monday, 16 April 2012

Prague II

On our way to the Castle, there is plenty to see and visit, like Saint Nicholas Church, for example, the largest of Prague's churches, founded by the Jesuits and a masterpiece of Baroque style.

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All the interior of St. Nicholas Church is decorated with statues, paintings and frescoes.

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Above the Baroque organ there is a fresco of St. Cecilia, patron saint of music. This organ was played by Mozart in 1787.

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Another beautiful church that deserves a special visit is Our Lady Victorious church, the home of the famous Child-Jesus statue called the Infant Jesus of Prague.

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According to Wikipedia, "on 26 September 2009 Pope Benedict XVI declared the church and the Infant Jesus the first station on the Apostolic Road in the Czech Republic. The Pontiff also donated a gold crown, decorated with eight shells, pearls, and garnet gemstones to the Infant Jesus of Prague, which the statue dons today".

Already in the Castle, the great Saint Vitus Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of Prague, was waiting for us. This cathedral, an excellent example of Gothic architecture and the biggest and most important church in the country, contains the tombs of many Bohemian Kings and Holy Roman Emperors.

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Helaas, it was closed when we arrived, so we paid more attention to the architectural details.

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(to be continued)


DeeBee L. said...

Fabulous church, the Jesuit Style is so OTT, but I just adore it, it looks a little be indecent in a church that is supposed to welcome all, rich and poor! :) But that was the point of the style, impress people after the spread Protestantism and unleash a feast of architecture and decoration to attract them back in the church of Rome.

Jacoba said...

Prachtige foto's, Sandra. De kunst en de gebouwen zijn zeer indrukwekkend. Thanks for sharing!
Fijne dag!

restlessjo said...

Every picture tells a story. Beautiful work!

Presépio no Canal said...

Thank you all for your nice comments and visits! :-)

Aledys Ver said...

Beautiful details of the church and the cathedral.
THe latter reminds me a lot of the cathedral in Cologne, on a smaller scale - but well, I guess it's that they were built in the same period.