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Inside the Passage
Prague
There are a few of these up in the Castle, leading from the first courtyard through to >, out to the hill above, and around the various palaces and ballrooms.

Unfortunately this isn't the one with the ruins on view, but inside a different passage you can see remnants of the original chapel that stood here before the Castle was built. I believe it was called the Church of the Virgin Mary, dating back to the 11th century at least. Quite old. If you come into the Castle by >, you find this passage on your right just after the hallway where the guards are posted.

Take your picture with them, and give them a nice kiss on the nose. They do get bored out there after all.

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