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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Vivek R (5 months ago)
Beautiful architecture, well maintained and preserved.
Jim Turnbull (6 months ago)
Although dwarfed by the neighbouring cathedral, St. George's Basilica is still impressive in it's own right, with the Romanesque architecture of the facade offering a dramatic contrast to the Gothic styling of St. Vitus'. The interior is comparatively small, but there is no reason not to visit whilst at the castle. Recommended.
joby akkara (7 months ago)
Good atmosphere
Piotr Z (8 months ago)
Really attractive historical building, but the bulk of it remains off-limits to the visitors.
Lee Woodhouse (11 months ago)
This is a beautiful holy place that is built in a diffetent style compared to St Vitus Cathedral. Its currently being renovated, and the results so far are impressive. There are pictures hanging, which deserve to be seen up close to really appreciate them. Don't expect to be amazed in the same way as St Vitus Cathedral. Its still well worth a visit.
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