The area in and around the castle is heavily used by the government and by important embassies. Naturally you also find a lot of modern art here, such as for instance this lightning. Kind of struck me as a nice idea 🙂
Let’s have some more of those gorgeous glass windows, shall we? In many cities in central Europe, glass windows have not survived World War II. This is especially true for most of Germany and Austria, but it’s also true for much of the occupied territories. It may also be true for parts of southern England. Aerial bombardments and glass windows make for a bad match.
You see it. Prague looks older than, for instance, Vienna, and it has a density of sights that is far greater. Yes, from communist times you have a lot of unpleasant architecture at the outskirts, but at the center it is extremely beautiful. By contrast, in Vienna you have regions at the center that had been hastily rebuilt after the war, and the architecture used was cheap as well. But that’s how it is and that’s why we have to be thankful for being able to live in peace. I’m quite sure the people in Aleppo would have loved it as well.
Is this Saint Vitus? I have no idea. He is certainly not Wenceslaus or Adalbert, the other two saints that this cathedral is dedicated to, but the attributes don’t fit to Vitus either.
On the other hand, this is the most impressive of saints in the ambulatory, the outer walk around the main altar, where everybody is lead through. Of course I could have listened to the countless guides, but I was busy photographing 🙂
Oh this image! It took me at least 10 attempts to get a decently sharp image, but then, I have the best stabiliztion in the world, right? I can do 0.3s in no light at ISO 200 and an equivalent focal length of 80 mm, right?
Well, no 🙂 It would have been much better to let the camera go to ISO 1600 and get away with one quick shot. After all, there’s not a world of dynamic range in this images.
Saint Vitus Cathedral is not a particularly beautiful church. I mean, it’s big, it’s old, it’s impressive, but it is not all too different from other big gothic cathedrals.
Most of them seem to stem from the 19th and early 20th century, but nevertheless they are gorgeous. I’ve taken images of a few of them, and thanks to DxO I could even pull out some detail of the shadows, without cutting off any highlights and without drowning in noise.