A national cultural monument, the symbol of more than a millennium of development of Czech statehood. It has been under continuous development since its foundation in the last quarter of the 9th century. It is a monumental complex of sacred, residential, and office buildings representing all of the architectural styles of the last eleven centuries. The complex encompasses an area of 45 hectares. Originally the seat of princes and kings, it has been the seat of the president since 1918. Prague Castle is located a 30-minute walk through picturesque Lesser Town from Charles Bridge Palace.