National Geographic : 1938 Aug
Photograph byCentropress "THE WHITE HOUSE OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA," WITH SCORES OF DESERTED ROOMS, REACHES FOR BLOCKS ACROSS THE HORIZON The Castle of Praha once was the residence of Bohemian kings and noblemen. St. Vitus Cathedral rises from theimmense courtyard within it.Today the extreme left wing is occupied by Eduard Benes, President of the Czechoslovak Republic. The Chief Executive's guards still wear the uniforms ofRussian, French, and Italian armies in the World War, under whose banners patriotic legions fought to liberate their country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains some offices intheoldcastle, but many of its old-fashioned ornate chambers are closed and locked. Hradcany is the name of the entire hill, andthus ofthe Executive Mansion. Intheforeground is Charles Bridge, lined with statues of saints (Plate I and page 225). Log jetties protect the piers of the 600-year-old span from icejams inthespring.