St Vitus's Cathedral (Katedrala svateho Vita)

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Prague, Czech Republic

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Andy99 Andy99
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Gothic meets Gothic Revival at St. Vitus Cathedral Sep 27, 2011
St. Vitus Cathedral, the cathedral of Prague, dominates the cityscape from its site in Prague Castle atop Hradcany. One really can see it from nearly any part of the central city.

Construction of the Cathedral was initiated by Charles IV in 1344. First, Matthias of Arras, a French builder, was the lead architect. He was followed by Peter Parler who completed the Choir by 1385 and began the Nave in 1392 and main tower in 1400. Construction halted in 1412 at the outbreak of the Hussite War and did not resume until the 19th century.

The nationalist movement of the 19th century that saw a revival of the Czech language and Czech music also inspired an interest in finishing the cathedral. Construction resumed in 1867. St. Vitus was completed in 1929. The long period between construction eras gives the cathedral both a medieval Gothic grandeur and stately Neo-Gothic look. The difference in styles in more noticeable outside than inside.

Approaching St. Vitus from the Castle courtyards, one first sees the sweeping twin Neo-Gothic towers and rose window of the front. (It's quite an experience to come out from the Castle's Second Courtyard and be face-to-face with it.) Around to the right side is the Gothic wing, the "Golden Gate" the main door of the cathedral until 1929, and the Gothic/Baroque main tower. (It's not Bohemian Gothic. It reminds one more of French or English cathedral architecture.)

Inside is a magnificent Gothic Nave and Choir. Most of the interior dates from the 14th century, but one can't really tell where the centuries meet. The stained glass windows are 20th century, designed by Czech artists. The most famous is the window by Mucha.

When visiting Prague, you are sure to visit Prague Castle, and when there, a step inside St. Vitus Cathedral is a must!
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bernard69 says:
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monky says:
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realrv6 realrv6
63 reviews
Wonderful... Dec 24, 2010
The Czech Republic is a country that has one the highest percentages of non-believers in the world. But I must say that the St. Vitus Cathedral, is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

The Cathedral is located within the walls of Prague Castle, which dominates the city from top of the hill. This magnificent Gothic cathedral is one of the largest in Europe. It is 124 meters long, 60 meters wide and 33 meters high.

The building began in 1344 by Charles IV, who wanted a cathedral with the same style of the French, but it finished just in 1929.

Visiting the interior, you get a feeling of harmony and unity of style, very surprising when you consider that the works have followed for about 600 years.

And those mosaic windows are amazing…
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kelleb says:
agreed.. one of the most beautiful I've seen too !
Posted on: Feb 07, 2011
ejstravels ejstrave…
18 reviews
St. Vitus' Cathedral Apr 09, 2009
Sooooo beautiful! And free! This is one of the most beautiful cathedrals I have ever been to! Just gorgeous!
David David
22 reviews
Jan 01, 2008
On a hot day we hiked to Prague Castle and decided to tour the Cathedral. There was a line went around the building but it moved fast enough. Once we got inside there is a route that will take you around. The middle of the Cathedral was roped off.

Among the points of interest around the route I found the tomb of St. John Nepomuk to be particularly elaborate and impressive with the amount of silver and craftsmanship that was involved in the making.

There are also stairs to the crypt where Charles IV is buried but it was off limits when I was there August 2007.

Overall I was impressed with the cathedral and its vaulting and stained glass windows. It was definitely the highlight touring the Prague Castle grounds
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RacquelT127 says:
nice review.. looks like a great day when you guys decided to hike up there. It rained pretty heavily when my friends and I went. I really liked St. Vitus.. it was very pretty and super huge place. Nice review =)
Posted on: Jan 02, 2008
fairygirl1844 fairygir…
8 reviews
Jul 10, 2007
Finished in only 1929 St Vitus’s Cathedral stands on the site of a chapel founded in 925. Work on the present day cathedral started in 1344 by Matthias of Arras. This cathedral is one of the most breath taking feats of architectural engineering I have ever seen, far superior to most present day buildings. The baroque artwork I found was hard to distinguish between magnificent and just down right hideous. The sheer amount of gold inside, again, awe inspiring or tacky? I just couldn’t make up my mind. If your thinking of going to the cathedral look out for a few things; first is The Golden Portal, which houses a mosaic of the Last Judgement from 1370. Second, Mucha’s portrait in stain glass of the saints Cyril and Methodius. Thirdly, keep your eyes peeled for the jasper and amethyst in the lower walls, the oldest part of the church. I am not one for visiting copious amounts of churches. Infact, im ashamed to say it but I feel once you have seen one church you have seen them all, but the sheer scale on which everything is done in the cathedral blew my mind and I would strongly recommend seeing it for yourself just once in your life time.

One tip however, get there early before all the tour groups start at 10, the queue was 300 strong when we arrived so we decided to come back earlier on another day.

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