Tuesday, August 24, 2010

St. Vitus Cathedral/Katedrála svatého Víta

Only 16 more days until I can see this breathtaking cathedral inside the Prague castle grounds! I've heard the views from the castle are amazing!

"St. Vitus is the spiritual symbol of the Czech state. A Gothic masterpiece, work on the cathedral was commissioned by Charles IV and began in 1344 upon the site of an earlier 10th century rotunda. In all, it took nearly six centuries to complete.

Its first builders, Matthias of Arras and later Peter Parler, built the chancel with a ring of chapels, St. Wenceslas Chapel, the Golden Portal and the lower part of the main steeple.

The final phase of construction only ended during the period 1873-1929.

As well as being the largest and most important temple in Prague, St. Vitus Cathedral also oversaw the coronations of Czech kings and queens." [Source: http://www.pragueexperience.com]

2 comments:

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Hey, thanks for entering my giveaway! I went to Prague and some other Czech cities over 15 years ago - but I really couldn't appreciate it since I was a teenager. I would love to go again!

Kristin said...

Are you getting psyched? I would be!!

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