Merry Christmas! The warmest greetings to you in 2014!
This is my another return to Prague. You see the Royal Castle on the bacground and the Vltava River on the foreground.
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 style and 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.
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photoray (11745) 2013-12-25 7:15
Interesting scene with the Renaissance classical architecture glowing in the night and golden reflections in the Vitava.
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carlo62 (31324) 2013-12-25 8:48
tanti auguri anche a te, splendida atmosfera per questo giorno particolare.
Grazie per gli auguri
claudeD (32045) 2013-12-25 13:01
Very fine night picture to celebrate Xmas. Very good composition and fine light managment. I like the shot very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
emka (77306) 2013-12-25 23:05
Christmas is almost gone but I wish you great time on new Year's Eve and wonderful New Year, full of travels. beautiful golden photo of Zlata Praha. Splendid view of hradcany.
Warm regrads Malgo
jhm (138192) 2013-12-26 3:23
I find your picture very nice with the Christmas enlightenment, also nice reflections in water.
Very fits for time of Christmas.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
COSTANTINO (54383) 2013-12-26 23:00
thanks for sharing with us this amazing
golden nocturne photo from your
return to Praque and the Royal
Castle on the background
it s a fin picture to celebrate
again many wishes and the warmenrt
greetings to you in 2014
Cricri (105215) 2013-12-27 8:43
Belle vue de la Basilique joliment éclairée, des teintes chaudes et de une capture superbe des reflets, belle réalisation
Meilleurs vœux de fin d'année
imageme (1625) 2013-12-27 12:58
Hi Serghei, Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones. An Awesome night scenery to celebrate Christmas Holidays. The reflection on the water is beautiful despite the overexposed building above. The golden warm colour brings a lot of comfort to the area.
Great POV and composition. Thank for sharing