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Saturday, 14 April 2012

The Church of St. Vitus in Český Krumlov

I don't know how many cathedral and churches are named after St. Vitus, but I know at least two of them. One is the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, and the other I am talking about in this post is in Český Krumlov. I have seen people being confused by the locality of each church in discussion forums.

The construction of church began in the 14th century and it had gone through a series of reconstruction to its state as we see it today. It is still very well maintained.

The bell tower of this Gothic church, together with the Český Krumlov Castle, form the symbolic skyline of Český Krumlov. In the medieval times, these two towers also symbolised the balance of power between the monarchy and religion.

Under the warm-light-tone morning sun, the church has a warm glow.

In mid-day, the church has a neutral colour tone.

At the back of the church is a monastery joined to the church by a bridge.

Entrance to the church is free, but not allowed during church services. Taking photograph is not allowed inside the church, but during my visit, a group of Taiwanese tourists were snapping pictures to their heart content until a prudish attendant came in, pointing to the "No Photography" sign while shouting: "No photo! No photo!"

Take some time to visit this church when you are in Český Krumlov. Although it is not as grand as the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, it has marked on the history of this beautiful small town.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

A Touch of Swiss in Český Krumlov

When I walked along Vltava River to the quieter part of Český Krumlov on one morning, I saw something very interesting. This part of Český Krumlov is more Swiss than Czech.

It was just about 7 a.m. in the morning. Therefore, there were not many people around. Furthermore, these are the hotels on the more tranquil part of Český Krumlov where everybody was still sound asleep.

If I were to stay in Český Krumlov for a longer period, I would surely make an effort to come here again with a mug of coffee and some sandwiches for breakfast.

Since I didn't have time, I brought back these scenes in my camera, just to sip my coffee while munching my sandwiches in front of my computer screen.

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