St. George's Basilica

Prague, Czech Republic

St. George's Basilica is the oldest surviving church building within Prague Castle. The basilica was founded by Vratislaus I of Bohemia in 920. It is dedicated to Saint George.

The basilica was substantially enlarged in 973 with the addition of the Benedictine St. George's Abbey. It was rebuilt following a major fire in 1142. The Baroque façade dates from the late 17th century. A Gothic style chapel dedicated to Ludmila of Bohemia holds the tomb of the saint. The shrines of Vratislav and Boleslaus II of Bohemia are also in the basilica. The abbess of this community had the right to crown the Bohemian queens consort.

The building now houses the 19th century Bohemian Art Collection of National Gallery in Prague. It also serves as a concert hall.

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Founded: 920 AD
Category: Religious sites in Czech Republic

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Jinhe LU (12 months ago)
Impressive outlooking but really it’s quick to visit inside
Suraj Choudhary (12 months ago)
One of the best places to visit in Prague. It's on top of a hill over looking at the city. If you like good view of the city you should go up there. The place is always buzzing with people, so be prepared. The security checks are bit tedious but it's necessary to keep things Clam and safe. There are tickets to enter entire, places get them it's worth it. Don't bother eating anywhere inside or near it because it's expensive and just a novelty. Hot wine will be served try it it'll keep you warm Good place to be warm and pass the time if the bus is delayed or canceled. Visit the supermarket and get something to drink or eat, even shop a bit from one of their many outlets. But it's always crowded, if you're like me and not like crowded places, avoid going on weekends especially in the evenings.
David Chapman (12 months ago)
Went to a classical music recital, performance was great with fantastic acoustics and setting, but if visiting on a cold evening wrap up very well as absolutely no heating here.
m4chman (12 months ago)
Honest David's reviews... Sorry but a bit disappointed. Not as good as the Saint Vitus .. most of it you can't get to really see as it's behind ropes or glass. It's a nice little place to look around but I don't think it's worth paying for... Especially if you have been in Saint Vitus first. It's like eating a 15oz steak and then having a McDonald's... As a bit of history okay it's good and if that's your thing go for it... Becareful they dont like you taking photos in there, but I did see some people doing it and no one said anything. Sorry but only 2** from me.
KH Wong (13 months ago)
Very simple and small basilica. Not worth the time esp. if your time is limited.
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