|St. George's Basilica (Bazilika Sv. Jiří) is the oldest church building within the Prague Castle complex. It is also the best preserved Romanesque church in Prague.|
St. George's Basilica was founded by Prince Vratislav (915-921) in 920. The basilica was then enlarged in 973 with the construction of St. George's Benedictine Convent.
In 1142 St. George's had to be rebuilt following a fire. And the Baroque facade that we see today was added in 1671-1691.
The church's ceiling is made of a deep dark wood, its height accentuated by the narrow width of the church. Decorative windows in the stone walls provide atmospheric lighting. The overall effect is very old world.
The altar painting and frescos in the dome are the work of V.V. Reiner.
Within the church lie tombs of major historic importance: in the Gothic Chapel of St. Ludmila lies the tomb of St. Ludmila, the saint and widow of the 9th century ruler Prince Borivoj. Also buried in the basilica are Prince Vratislav and Boleslav II.
To enter St. George's Basilica visitors need to book a Prague Castle Tour or purchase a Self-Guided Prague Castle Ticket.
Alternatively, you can attend an early evening classical concert. The church's high ceiling and Romanesque architecture, coupled with its romantic setting within Prague Castle, provide a wonderful setting all year round.
The concerts are popular, so advance booking is essential (Prague Castle is a fair distance to travel only to find the concert you wish to attend is sold out).
In winter, St. George's Basilica provides blankets for comfort, but it is still advisable to wear warm clothing for the concerts.
For concert listings and to book tickets: Prague concerts.