Prague: Part II

More sights of Prague!

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We wandered past the Lennon Wall early in the morning to enjoy it without crowds. Fun to see all the layers of graffiti.

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Then we climbed back up the hill to the Prague Castle complex.

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St. George’s Basilica was one of my favorite spots on this trip. Old, old stone (founded in 920, rebuilt in 1142) and dimly-lit with all these lovely ceiling frescoes.

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After the rest of the castle we wandered the grounds and gardens.

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I have no idea what we were laughing at but I think that makes the photo even better.

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We then walked over to the library at the Strahov Monastery. In addition to the lovely library rooms were all these neat cabinets of curiosity, including one with the Xyloteka, a collection of “books” made from the wood of local species of trees and containing samples of their leaves, seeds, etc. Totally amazing.

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The rest of the afternoon we spent wandering all over Petrin hill, looking for this tiny church – the Church of the Saint Michael Archangel – and enjoying the general greenery.

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The final part of our day was spent in St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, which was fantastic. All of the arches and pillars are beautifully painted with saints and patterns. The panel describing the church’s interior just has one short line about it – “The paintings are the work of the Viennese painter Karl Jobst,” – but the color work is exquisite and the style is soft and lovely.

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I think I’ll write two more of these posts. So much to share.

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