Prague’s Cathedral within the Castle

Anne & Kirk Woodyard – Music and Markets Tours

Pradsky Hrad – Prague Castle – is visible from all over the city, gleaming in sunrise and sunset on Hradcany hill.
Let’s begin our visit at St. Vitus Cathedral in the third courtyard of the castle complex.05241201 cathedral Mucha boyThe glorious windows of Alfons Mucha always capture the eye – that thoughtful praying boy,05241201 cathedral Mucha

those glorious Slav robes.
The cathedral alone can occupy hours of time, there’s so much to appreciate, such as this gilded relief Annunciation in one chapel.05241201 gilded relief annunciation

The exquisite Golden Door façade is now fully visible after years of painstaking restoration.05241202 door golden restored

Fourteenth century architect Peter Parler’s uniquely distinctive open vaults soar over the entry.05241202 parler arches 1300

There are only a few pieces of furniture in the oldest castle rooms, such as this bookcase with land records from the 16th century.05241203 castle land records of 16 17 cent

A rider’s staircase, broad and shallow, enabled horsemen to ride up to the Great Hall.05241203 great hall from vaulted riders staircase

Built into the walls of the castle is the fairytale- hued Golden Lane, where the alchymists of medieval King Rudolf’s day brewed their magic.05241203 storybook Golden Lane housesJust a sampling of the delights of Prague’s castle complex to whet the appetite for more!


The best way to describe us (Kirk and Anne Woodyard) is that we’re interested in the stories that make the places we visit come alive.2009 Anne and Kirk Vias
We’ve visited Europe more times than we can count, learned some entertaining stories there, and met some warm and helpful people who also enjoy the wonders of music and life in Europe.
Between our music-related travels, we split our time between our homes near Washington DC and the south of France. We look forward to sharing these stories and friends and experiences with our Music and Markets guests.
While both of us have experience in organizing travel and music groups Kirk’s background is in project management and competitive writing, and Anne is an accomplished pianist with over thirty years of teaching experience, and a travel and food writer specializing in France and Italy.

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