St Vitus's Cathedral, Prague

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    St. Vitus' Cathedral: Highlights

    by Maria81 Updated Apr 23, 2011

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    The Cathedral

    What not to miss on the visit to the Cathedral - even if you only have a short time exploring. On my first trip, had 30 minutes tops to see the entire Cathedral, inside and outside, and found the below just about manageable, photo opportunities included. Of course, this means I did not have much time to linger, so a second visit was in order

    Sights to look out for in the Cathedral:

    - Rose window on the outside of the Cathedral (main facade)
    - Stained glass (one of my preferred photographic subjects even then)
    - St. Wenceslas Chapel, which houses the relics of the Saint, and has numerous paintings of his life and good works
    - Czech coronation jewels
    - Czech royal tombs
    - The Golden Gate
    - The Great Organ

    Favourite experience:

    If you can, try to visit in the afternoon on a clear sunny day - the soft light coming in through the stained glass windows is wonderful

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    The magnificent cathedral

    by viddra Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is 1 of the oldest, and probably the most beautiful, edifices on the Old continent.

    The building started in 1344, on the place of the 10th-century rotunda, and lasted 6 centuries (completed between 1873 and 1929).

    This magnificent Gothic Cathedral is 124m long, 61m wide, and its bell tower is 100m tall. It’s got numerous chapels, frescoes, stone tombs and wonderful stained-glass windows.

    All Bohemian kings are buried here.

    At the entrance of the Cathedral, there’s the Golden Gate with the rich and vivid mosaics.

    You can climb 287 steps up to the top and admire the view over the city.

    Opening hours: 9-17 (9-16 in winter), except when there are some concerts.

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    Wow!

    by Husker_Jeff Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Be sure to spend the 100 Kc to get full access to St Vitus Cathedral. Without the ticket you are limited to viewing the interior of the church from the rear and you will miss the great close up views in the nineteen beautifully decorated chapels, complete with painted or stained glass. Take as much time as you like to admire the art, achitecture, and beauty of the interior of St. Vitus.

    Spend time gazing at the bejeweled walls of St Wenceslas Chapel. Note the door at the back of the chapel - this leads to the special room that holds the crown jewels.

    Go below the main floor to view the ancient burial crypts. This will really give you a perspective of the history present in this buidling.

    Study the website before you go. There is much to see, and we missed a lot. You can likely spend an entire day here (combining other Castle attractions, of course). I would suggest arriving early on a weekday. Even in November the crowds will be big on the weekends.

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    Gargoyles

    by piccolina Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The many gargoyles poking out grotesquely are a harmless, one hopes, but worrisome feature and especially interesting when it rains; the water pours down from their ugly mouths.They looks really orribles..!!
    But pollon told me they are nice sometimes...NICE??????...Chiara, but...do you are sure about it???...they do not seem so nice..!

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    St. Vitus Cathedral

    by mallyak Updated Sep 29, 2010

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    To many people, St. Vitus Cathedral is Prague Castle. While the enormous Prague Castle complex includes many fine buildings, St. Vitus is the one that dominates the city skyline and is visible from far and wide.

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    The famous cathedral at the castle

    by muratkorman Updated Sep 3, 2010

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    When you come up to Prague Castle, St Vitus Cathedral is one of the first to be visited. If you don't want to spend a penny, you can enter the cathedral nave and from there you can take some pictures. But, of course, I suggest getting the necessary ticket and having full access to the cathedral. It is as impressive as other cathedrals around Europe and it is definitely worth a visit.

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    Marvel at St. Vitus Cathedral

    by no1birdlady Written Aug 15, 2010

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    Seeing St. Vitus Cathedral is a must when visiting Prague. It's an amazing place. It's set inside the 1,000 year old Prague Castle. The palaces here are now used by the Czech president and ambassadors. St. Vitus is in the 3rd courtyard and is most imposing. It has the biggest bell built in 1565 which is behind a gold window on the tower. Legend says that if the heart of the bell is broken, a disaster will happen. The bell broke in 2002 and that is when they had the big flood here! Interesting. St Vitus is an important patron saint and the cathedral was established to keep his holy relics. The bells began to ring while our guide was talking, making it impossible for him to complete his talk there. But those bells are an experience not to be missed. They rang for about 15 minutes and are very loud. There is a changing of the guards out in front of the first courtyard several times a day. From this same area there is also a wonderful view of Prague.

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    St. Vitus Cathedral at the Castle Complex

    by Roadquill Updated Jun 10, 2010

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    Began in 1344, this imposing Cathedral dominates the Castle complex. Vaulted ceilings, huge stained glass windows, 3,700 pound silver coffins, the royal crypt (closed when I was there), was finally completed in 1929.

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    St. Vitus Cathedral

    by Raimix Updated Jan 31, 2010

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    St. Vitus Cathedral is the main Czech Church and the biggest one as well. It was founded in 1344 by John of Luxembourg and his sons Charles and John Henry, there was Romanesque rotunda before. Actually church was constructed from 1344 till 1929, mostly fixing Gothic and neo-Gothic styles (first architect was Matthias of Arras, later Petr Parler).

    The main tower of Cathedral is quite dominant in Prague central part. It is 97 meters long, constructed at 14th – 16th centuries. Later baroque cupola was added in 1770.

    Cathedral, traditionally, is burial place for Czech rulers; you can see some burial places just inside Cathedral, and some are in Royal Mausoleum, crypts. It houses also other valuables – St. Wenceslas’ Chapel, medieval paintings, entrance mosaics with religious motives, so on.

    Visiting Cathedral was so complicated in high tourism season that people had to stay outside to wait others for exiting it.

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    Prague chathedral

    by ruki Updated Nov 16, 2009

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    Located inside Prague Castle St. Vitus Cathedral is building who dominates the city skyline and Castle and it is visible from far and wide. This beautiful cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece. It is Roman Catholic cathedral and the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. Work on the cathedral was commissioned by Charles IV and began in 1344. The final construction was during the period 1873 -1929. There you can found the tombs of many Bohemian kings.

    March to October: Mon-Sat 09:00 – 17:00 Sun 12:00 – 16:15
    November to February. Mon-Sat 09:00 – 16:00 Sun 12:00 – 16:00

    Cost: Western section: free
    Chapels, crypt,tower: 350 Kc -castle ticket valid 2 days

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    St. Vitus Cathedral

    by Gili_S Written Oct 30, 2009

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    In my first hour in Prague my "local guide" took me straight to the St. Vitus Cathedral which is part of the Prague castle. I took a good look at it and few photos but Prague as being one of the most popular tourist destination in Europe I notice it was very crowded around so we decided to continue forward to explore other hidden places in this beautiful city.

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    St Vitus Cathedral

    by Jim_Eliason Written Aug 6, 2009

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    This church towers over and defines the architecture of Prague Castle. The first church was built here in 929 with the last expansion in the 14th century. This dark gothic monster looks more like a Tim Burton creation than a church.

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    The Cathedral

    by irisha Written Jun 23, 2009

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    Well, the Cathedral of St. Vitus is no doubt a destination one has to visit whilst in Prague. It is easily accessible (take tram 22, exit at Prague Castle) and hard to miss once you're on the grounds of the Castle. Its magnificent and just about perfect architecture can only be compared to Stephansdom in Vienna and Notre-Damme in Paris, it's approximately as huge and splendid as both of them are. Notice how each and every detail is thought out, there's not a single free space on the entire surface of the building, that sure is some work!

    Be prepared that the temperature inside the Cathedral is much lower than outside. I went into it in January and just about froze to the stone floor, the temperature outside was about -8*C and inside it must have been -13*C, so yes, definitely put on your warmest clothes and keep a bottle of wine in your backpack. Seriously.

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    Vitus Cathedral

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 15, 2009

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    The main cathedral core was built in 1344 when an archbishop was appointed to the area. It was preceded by others with the same name dating back to 925 when the first was consecrated by St. Wenceslas. The building of 1344 took years and never got completed by even the early 1400's, but the chapel was done by Charles IV. In 1541, a fire damaged a lot of the structure. The final finish was in Neo Gothic showing off the flying butresses of the old times. Maria Teresa had an influence in the completion to get the work done. It finally got to that point in 1929; 600 years later
    Chapel Ludmilla has many old collections of Gothic and Baroque periods.

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    St. Vitus Church Front

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 15, 2009

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    Full view of church front
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    This is the front view as taken by someone else and our pics too. The name comes from a saint Vitus, and the king at the time purchased the arm of him, so it became a reverent spot. The church is within the walls of Prague castle and holds many crypts of prior kings of the land. Construction is a combination of romanesque and Gothic styles, and has many flying butresses. The church started in 925, and a key era to build it out was 1344 when an archbishop was appointed to preach gospel from here. In 1800's, more work was done to try and complete the edifice. In 1920's the final completion of the facade ended the project, and it is ready for tourists and members.

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