St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague
I didn't know what to name this "tip," but wanted to include a snap shot...
i like st. vitus because
1) the gargoyles are SO cool. there's one that looks like a roach from under - i think we decided it's a scorpion - STILL CREEPY!
2) the stained glass windows are beautiful - done by amazing artists like mucha (can't remember the others' names right now.
3)beautiful architecture - the cathedral took a LONG time to build and you can tell by just looking at the front - i'll explain once i can produce a picture (hint: look right under the rose window from the outside at the statues - notice anything?)
Fondest memory: i dont go to the castle much anymore now that i live here, but i do enjoy when people visit so i have to take them up there...it's got beautiful views and lots of history.
Favorite thing: Prague's Castle District is the main tourist attraction in town so if you go in the middle of the day, it will generally be packed. The best times to go are very early in the morning and sunset to nighttime. Also, if you walk up the normal route from the Charles Bridge, you will be doing what 90 percent of everyone else does so expect crowds. I found a good way to visit it is to take the metro to Dejvice, enjoy that area and then walk back towards town and the Cathedral. It gives you a much different persective of the whole area, and much less crowded too.
I love Gargoyles!
If you do too, then take a slow walk around St. Vitus Cathedral, because I found plenty of interesting Gargoyles on this building. There were weird and wonderful monstrous dragons, demons and scorpions, monkeys and eagles, as well as people in various stages of torment!
As elsewhere, the gargoyles serve both a spiritual and a purely functional purpose, since the cathedral's rain piping comes out of their mouths and carries the water away from the building itself.
Does that mean not to walk close to the Cathedral on a rainy day, because of the chance of becoming wet with the water spurting onto the pavement by the Gargoyles?
I know I won't be back to find out!
My photo's came out dark because of the location of the Sun, so I have entered a website that has photo's of many of the Gargoyles.
Fondest memory: http://www.gargoylegirl.com/2012/11/the-gargoyles-of-st-vitus-cathedral-in.html
Favorite thing: It is located in the Prague Castle. This is a glorious French Gothic structure begun in 1344 by order of Emperor Charles IV and only completed in 1929. The stained-glass windows, frescoes and tomb-stones (including that of the founder in the crypt) merit careful attention.
Favorite thing: It is the most beautiful cathedral in the Czech republic. It means a lot for Czechs and for our history. The first stone put czech king Charles IV. in 1344 and the main architect was Matyas from Arras, after him came Petr Parléř. The gotic cathedral has two towers in front, many chapels, inside lenght is 124 m. One of the most famous chapels is St. Vaclav chapel. The cathedral building was completely finished in 1929!
Dominant of Prague Castle and actually of whole Prague. You can see it from any position in Prague center.
Evolution of St. Vitus Cathedral takes long 1000 years!!!!!!!!!!!
First church initiated to St. Vitus established duke Vaclav in 30th of 10th century. Its was Roman Rotunda 13meters of mean.
In 1091 was finished bigger three-aisled basilica of St. Vitus, St. Vojtech and Virgin Mary by duke Spytihnev II.
In 1344 Charles IV. put basic stone of St. Vitus Cathedral in contex of rise Prague bishoprie to archbishopric. First architect was Matyas from Arras and after his death Peter Parler.
Cathedral was finished in 1929 to 1000th jubilee of murder of St. Vaclav (Wencesla).
In present you can see basics of rotunda.
This photo was taken by Milan somewhere in Letna Park, on our way to to see the St. Vitus Cathedral.
The view overlooking Prague city down below from this point is totally amazing ! Photos on my 'must see' tips.
Unfortunately, but fair enough, you cannot take pictures in St. Vitus' cathedral. It's a huge place with extremely nice glass paintings in the windows and everything you could expect from an old place like that.
If I remember correctly, there was no charge for it. I'm not sure. But there were huge amounts of people going there at the same time!
Fondest memory: It's probably the easiest to get up to the castle area where this cathedral is also located, when you go thru the old town area and up the long stairs near where the Kafka's place was.
Beautiful outside, but probably not what I was expecting inside!!!!
The architecture is just wonderful, even that it was altereded a few times...
Inside is just a normal Gothic church... it's not worth to pay the ticket to access the back side of the church!
Hermosa por fuera, pero probablemente no lo que esperaba del interior!!!!
La arquitectura es simplemente maravillosa, aunque fue modificada un par de veces...
Por dentro es solo una Iglesia Gotica... no vale la pena pagar el ticket para acceder a la parte trasera de la Iglesia!
Favorite thing: A gothic cathedral, the spiritual symbol of the Czech state, founded in the year 1344 by Jan Lucembursky and his sons Karel and Jan in the place of the original romanesque rotunda.
Tha construction proceeded according to the plans of Matthias of Arras and then Petr Parler.
The constructions period protracted to nearly 600 years and it was finally completed in 1929.
Favorite thing: Decorated by precious works of art it encloses St.Wenceslas chapel and the crypt with tombs of Bogemian kings. The coronation jewels and are deposited here too.
St Vitus's Cathedral was finished in 1929 (600 years after it was started). It is located in the Prague Castle area.
Opening times are: daily in summer 9 am to 5 pm, September to March 9 am to 4 pm.
Favorite thing: This is St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle. It's spires are the ones visible from accross the river. Very dominant in the Praha skyline.
Favorite thing: The cathedral at the Prague Castle is by far the most interesting thing to see in the castle grounds. You’ll see murals and the tombs of old Czech kings.