In Prague one of the most beautiful places to visit is the Prague Castle. Inside the Castle is this wonderful Cathedral called St. Vitus. I posted an internal shot a while back. This is an HDR form the south view of the Cathedral. Its always great to see an entire view shot, but sometimes its fun to mix it up and zoom in close to get details. St. Vitus looks fantastic close up! Its always enjoyable when you look up and say…wow!!! I spent about 1 hour here…I’d say more time is needed! I wonder if there is a city view up there to see??
Here is a little of history of the castle from the web: The history of the castle stretches back to the 9th century (870). The first walled building was the church of Our Lady. The Basilica of Saint George and the Basilica of St. Vitus were founded in the first half of the 10th century. The first convent in Bohemia was founded in the castle, next to the church of St. George. A Romanesque palace was erected here during the 12th century. In the 14th century, under the reign of Charles IV the royal palace was rebuilt in Gothic styleand the castle fortifications were strengthened. In place of rotunda and basilica of St. Vitus began building of a vast Gothic church, that have been completed almost six centuries later. During the Hussite Wars and the following decades the Castle was not inhabited. In 1485, King Ladislaus II Jagello began to rebuild the castle. The massive Vladislav Hall (built by Benedikt Rejt) was added to the Royal Palace. There were also built new defence towers on the northern side of the castle. A large fire in 1541 destroyed large parts of the castle. Under the Habsburgs some new buildings in renaissance style appeared here. Ferdinand I built Belvedere, summer palace for his wife Anne. Rudolph II used Prague Castle as his main residence. He founded the northern wing of the palace, with the Spanish Hall, where his precious artistic collections were exhibited. The Second Prague defenestration in 1618 began the Bohemian Revolt. During the subsequent wars the Castle was damaged and dilapidated. Many works from the collection of Rudolph II were looted by Swedes in 1648, in the course of the Thirty Years’ War. The last major rebuilding of the castle was carried out by Queen Maria Theresa in the second half of the 18th century. Ferdinand V, after abdication in 1848, chose Prague Castle as his home.
Gotta love history! I can say it over and over again…Prague is amazing!!
Talke Photography Settings:
- Camera: Nikon D300
- Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
- Setting: Aperture Mode
- Focal Length: 18.0mm
- ISO: 200
- Exposure: HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
- Aperture: f/4
- Gear: Tripod, Cable release
- Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro