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Published on : Saturday, April 23, 2016
Four Seasons Hotel Prague is introducing a new guided walking tour to celebrate the 700th birthday of one of the most famous Czech Kings and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV .Chef Concierge Petr Zezula says: “Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, stands among the most exceptional personalities of Czech and European history. Prague was his chosen city, the beloved crown of his realm; here he created a shining European metropolis widely admired for its beauty. We are pleased to introduce a private guided walking tour to see and remember some of the places he is associated with, including Charles Bridge, Karlštejn Castle and Charles University.“
The guided walking tour is priced at EUR 42 per hour and can be arranged with the Concierge. The tour will be built based on the guest’s interests and can include any of the following sites:
House at Stupar’s – Birthplace of Charles IV
Charles IV lived here upon his return from France in 1333 as Prague Castle at that time was uninhabitable and deserted. The house was owned by his father Jan of Luxembourg.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Prague Castle consists of a large-scale composition of palaces and ecclesiastical buildings of various architectural styles, from the remains of Romanesque-style buildings from the 10th century through Gothic modifications of the 14th century requested by Charles IV.
St. Vitus Cathedral
To many people St. Vitus Cathedral is the highlight of Prague Castle. While the Prague Castle complex houses many buildings, St. Vitus is the one that dominates the skyline wherever one is in the city. Vitus Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece, and the spiritual symbol of the Czech state. The cathedral was commissioned by Charles IV, and construction began in 1344 on the site of an earlier 10th century rotunda. As well as being the largest and most important temple in Prague, St. Vitus Cathedral has also overseen the coronation of Czech kings and queens.
Czech Crown Jewels include the Crown of Saint Wenceslas, the royal orb and scepter, the coronation vestments of the Kings of Bohemia, the gold reliquary cross, and St. Wenceslas’ sword. They were originally held in Prague and Karlštejn Castle. Since 1791 they have been stored in St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle. The crown was made for the coronation of Charles IV in 1347, making it the fourth oldest in Europe.
New Town of Prague
The carefully planned New Town was founded by Charles IV in 1348. Twice as large as the Old Town, it was mainly inhabited by tradesmen and craftsmen. During the late 19th century its outer fortifications were demolished and redeveloped to its present appearance.
Four Seasons Hotel Prague is located next to the Charles Bridge, a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century.