After sloughing off the jetlag with a 12-hour sleep and lethal amounts of coffee, we managed to clamber out of bed and up the nearby hill towards Prague Castle and Palace complex. Founded in 880 AD, Prague Castle has grown over the centuries to be the largest castle complex in the world.
After seeing the intricate and beautiful architecture of Prague’s Old Town (Stare Mesto) the day before, we hoped the castle and palace complex would live up to our expectations. Fortunately, Prague castle complex did not disappoint; it was every bit as grandiose and stunning as the rest of the city.
Take the Vladislav Hall, for example. Back in its day the Hall was the largest vaulted hall in the world, and housed coronations, banquets, even tournaments between knights for the Bohemian monarchy. Today Vladislav Hall is credited with being one of the most complex structural and architectural feats of the Late Middle Ages – the stone vaulted ceiling is entirely supported by the pillars against the side of the walls, making it an ideal example of the harmony between design and aesthetics.