Monday, November 12, 2012

Prague's Architectural Details Up Close

My husband was a great sport while we were in Prague. Every few steps, I was in awe of some new architectural detail I wanted to stop and admire. Below are examples of three buildings from afar, and then their ornamental details shown up close.

The buildings seen from our hotel window in New Town. 

A building where I found an ATM machine to get Czech Korunas (crowns). 

New Town Hall. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Gargoyles of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague

St. Vitus Cathedral sits atop Castle Hill in Prague. The Gothic structure dominates the Prague skyline and is often thought to be Prague Castle itself, but technically it's just one of the many buildings inside the Prague Castle complex. Cathedral construction began under the rule Charles IV in 1344, designed by French architect Matthias of Arras, then German architect Peter Parler. It took six centuries to complete.

It was a stormy October day when I walked across the Charles Bridge and up to the Prague Castle complex. A perfect day for visiting the gargoyles perched high on the cathedral.