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St. Georges Basilica

St. George´s Basilica Basilica St. George, Prague Castle

The original parts of the church belong to the most important european Romanesque monuments.

Nearby we can find  the oldest  benedictine monastery in Bohemia. It was built in 973 by the Prince Boleslav II and his sister ,the abbes Mlada. They dedicated the monastery to St.George. The original  parts of the church belong to the most important european Romanesque monuments. In 1964-75  it was adapted as a exhibition place of the National Gallery.

A legend of Brigita

A legend of Brigita is related to a sculpture of a young girl, in the basilica of St.Jiri (George) in the Prague Castle. In the Lesser Town, a quarter in the lower castle, used to live a poor widow with her daughter Brigita. She was a beautiful girl, so no wonder, that a young Italian sculptor, working at the Castle, fell in love with her. She liked him too, and soon they were arranging the wedding. But before they got married, the artist was tasked to do a job in the country, and he had to leave. He was unhappy, and made her promise to be faithful to him while he´s gone. When he returned, he suspiciously asked all the neighbours, if she behaved herself. One of the jealous neighbours, a jealous woman, falsely accused her of cheating on him. He was furious and decided to take a cruel revange. He invited Brigita on a date to the Jelen moat, where he mercilessly murdered her , and then he buried her under the ground. A few months later they found the dead body, and of course they guessed soon who comitted the horrible crime. The Italian stonmaseon didn´t deny his act and he was condemned to death. He only asked for some time in order to make a sculptor of his dead beloved girl. Some say, he was pardoned after creating a beautiful piece of work, another say he was executed. Who knows? In reality, the sculpture Brigita is from the 16th century, representing an allegory of Vainess.