5 interesting facts about Prague Castle

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5 interesting facts about Prague Castle

5 interesting facts about Prague Castle

1/  The Prague castle buildings represent virtually every architectural style of the last millennium.

2/ Check list of the most important buildings of Prague Castle:
Churches:
– Basilica of St George
– St. Vitus Cathedral
– St. George’s Basilica, Prague and St. George’s Convent, which is the oldest surviving church building within Prague Castle.
– All Saints Church
– Holy Cross Chapel
Palaces:
– Old Royal Palace
– Belvedere or Royal Summer Palace
– Lobkowicz Palace
– New Royal Palace

Other buildings:
– Daliborka (Dalibor Tower)
– Powder Tower or Mihulka
– Golden Lane
– Supreme Burgrave’s House
– Ball Game Hall
– Riding School building
– Old Provost Residence
– New Provost Residence

3/ The Rolling Stones paid to light the Prague Castle! The iconic rock group played one of Prague’s first international concerts after the Velvet Revolution in 1989, and developed a close friendship with Czech President Václav Havel. Legend has it that, over drinks with the president, the band admired the prominent monument, but said it was a shame you couldn’t see it at night. Havel had bigger problems to worry about (like running a newly democratic country). So, the band paid the $32,000 (about 775,000 CZK) price tag and had their lighting designer install the system that tourists continue to enjoy today.

4/ According to the Guinness Book of Records, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world, occupying an area of almost 70,000 square meters (750,000 square feet), at about 570 meters (1,870 feet) in length and an average of about 130 meters (430 feet) wide.

5/ The castle is among the most visited tourist attractions in Prague attracting over 1.8 million visitors annually.

1/ A legend says that alchemists lived in those cute little houses of Prague Castle, in  Golden Lane (Zlata ulicka); what’s more certain is that goldsmiths and later Franz Kafka were residents.
2/ Roughly the size of seven football fields, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world. (listed in the Guinness Book of World Records)
3/  The Rolling Stones paid to light the Prague Castle! The iconic rock group played one of Prague’s first international concerts after the Velvet Revolution in 1989, and developed a close friendship with Czech President Václav Havel. Legend has it that, over drinks with the president, the band admired the prominent monument, but said it was a shame you couldn’t see it at night. Havel had bigger problems to worry about (like running a newly democratic country). So, the band paid the $32,000 (about 775,000 CZK) price tag and had their lighting designer install the system that tourists continue to enjoy today.

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