Antique Wood in Prague Castle
June 13, 2013 | 11:17 am CDT
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At the time of its construction, the Vladislav Hall used to be the biggest vaulted hall in the world.

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Exterior of the castle.

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A room with the coats of arms of the supreme clerks of the kingdom in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Detail of the carved cabinet from 1562– the oldest piece of furniture at the castle.

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Late Gothic vault decorated with coats-of-arms of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia.

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Stairs that were once used for Knights to ride into the castle with their horses. Now, it's used as the entrance of a gift shop.

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Originally built in the 9th century from wood with a stone foundation, Prague's Old Royal Palace has been rebuilt several times to suit the many royal families it housed. As a result, the castle is a mix of several architectural styles, mostly Gothic and Renaissance.

Wooden coat of arms of the various royal families are scattered throughout the structure and appear in various forms, such as ceiling posts and cabinets.

The castle's Vladislav hall is one of its highlights. When it was built in the 16th century, it was used as a place for coronation festivities and even knight tournaments. Nowadays, important events such as Czech presidential elections take place in the hall.

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