St Vitus's Cathedral, Prague

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    Amazing Cathedral

    by ncfg Updated Jun 13, 2009

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    Just on the heart of the Castle you will find the amazing Cathedral inside and outside :-) Take a look to the photos i took.
    The entry to the church is free but you will not avail to rest on the floor or at the seats because the guards won't let you. I was so tiered because i walked until there (maybe 2 km) that i couldn't resist to sit on the floor, but i had to hear " get up, it is not allowed to sit there!"
    Anyway, you will find some benches outside to rest a while.

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    ST VITUS CATHEDRAL

    by alyf1961 Written May 25, 2009

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    St Vitus Cathedral is Prague’s most distinguished landmark. Work began on the cathedral in 1344 on the orders of John of Luxembourg. It was finally completed in the 19th 20th centuries. The tomb of “Good King” Wenceslas has his tomb here. The cathedral also houses the crown jewels.

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    Gothic Cathedral.

    by wandabendik Written May 15, 2009

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    Beautiful Gothic cathedral, inside the third courtyard of the castle, the foundations were laid in 1344 and finished in 1929, a thousand years after the death of bohemias most famous patron saint,Wenceslas.

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    St. Vit Cathedral

    by mirchica Written Apr 13, 2009

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    This is one of the most beautiful Cathedrals I’ve been. It’s located in the second yard of Prague’s Castle. It is so big that there is almost no place where it could be taken photo from.When you enter there you just feel out of breath - so huge and high. The windows are painted. The architecture is amazing. I still can’t believe that all this is made by someone’s hands. Its gutters are little monsters and when it’s raining the water is going out of their mouths.

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    St Vitus Cathedral

    by dejavu2gb Written Mar 28, 2009

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    St Vitus is part of the very big Prague Castle Complex, and can be seen from all over the city as its on a hill and stands out beautifully dominating the Prage Skyline.
    This is one of the largest Cathedrals in Prague and has overseen many of the coronations of many of Prague's Kings and Queens.
    Work begun in 1344 and took almost 6 centuries to complete with construction finally ending 1929.
    Look closely at the stunning intricate detail of the Cathedral, absolutely stunning.

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    From the top of the Cathedral......

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Mar 5, 2009

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    Ok so once you FINALLY get inside the cathedral you can climb the towers and have a magnificent view of Prague from high above, also for free. If you decide to do this WATCH OUT....... I almost fainted after climbing all those stairs, and I'm a healthy young woman (not with a very good condition though, I must admit). I was told there were 300+ stairs but I didn't think it'd be so hard...... I even saw this old man climbing faster than me and he was just as fresh when he reached the top..... I could hardly BREATHE when I FINALLY got there...!!!! It's tiring and some people head back downstairs when they're halfway to the top -- like the wife of the old man I mentioned -- so if you have a heart condition or breathing problems you might want to pass.

    If you do go up, the spectacular view will make you forget the effort you just went through.

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    St. Vitus Cathedral

    by Dabs Updated Jan 18, 2009

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    The one thing I did really enjoy at Prague Castle was St. Vitus Cathedral, when you are gazing up from the Charles Bridge, it's the most dominant part of castle hill. There was a queue to get in but it is free to enter. The highlight of our visit was the view of Prague from the tower, climb up the 200+ steps on the staircase, the only price you pay for this is shortness of breath and sweaty armpits. The cathedral, named for a wealthy 4th-century Sicilian martyr, was built beginning in 926, with additions made all the way through the 19th century.

    Once you've caught your breath and taken 100s of photos of the city, climb back down to see the interior of the cathedral. Things you'll want to keep an eye out for include the art nouveau stained glass window designed by Mucha, the St. Wenceslas Chapel which is coated with semi precious stones and the silver gilded tomb of John of Nepomuk.

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    St. Vitus Cathedral

    by antistar Written Nov 15, 2008

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    Impressive both inside and out, St. Vitus Cathedral as an emblemic Prague city building. Located inside Prague Castle's low profile walls, the cathedral is the most stand-out building of the entire complex. Its Gothic spires soar over a hundred meters above the castle, and being located on one of the highest hills in the city, nothing really tops it apart from Petrin tower opposite.

    Originally built in 1060, the present Gothic designs date as far back as the 14th century, and are believed to have influenced English Gothic.

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    The Cathedral of All Cathedrals!

    by laash Written Oct 14, 2008

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    St. Vitus Cathedral is within the grounds of Prague Castle. Aside from being a place of worship, it is the site where past Czech kings and queens were coronated (much like Westminster Abbey in London!). Charles IV began construction on it in 1344, but it was not officially completed until 1929. Despite 600 years of construction, or waiting to be worked on rather, the final neo-Gothic product is nothing short of amazing. Undoubtedly one of my favorite cathedrals I've seen, and one to which I compare all others. There are many chapels within the cathedral and all are worth a view. Even if the line is long to get in, it's very much worth the wait and goes by a lot faster than you would think. Go and enjoy!!

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    St. Vitus Cathedral

    by Fen Written Sep 21, 2008
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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.
    This Gothic masterpiece was commissioned by Charles IV and is the spiritual symbol of the Czech state. Work began in 1344 upon the site of an earlier 10th century rotunda and 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.

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    Famous Cathedral

    by Margrette Written Jul 21, 2008

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    What I realy liked about the castle courtyards is that it is open for tourists and everyone can feel free to walk around and enjoy the sights..... And the same is with St. Vitus Cathedral. That particular building has very colourfull history. The builders started in 14th century and Cathedral was finished completly in 20th century......it took a lot of time:) There was a time when to keep on building it, the money were brought by citizens themselves, everyone who was willing to support the construction. That was the main reason for Cathedral to be secular, not clerical. Not so long ago Prague's Bishop persuated that it supposed to be Church proppety but when he made people to pay for the tickets it become secular again.....and entrance is free..... for now;)

    What is interesting....that most of the motiveson stained glass are secular.....if you look closely you can find there a clever form of comercial. It seems that all specialists in town could put few words about their professions. Interesting...

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    St Vitus Cathedral within Prague Castle grounds

    by lizzie1715 Updated Jun 30, 2008
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    The first church in the grounds of Prague Castle was built in 925. The present day wonderful Gothic Cathedral replaced it in 1344. It is a very impressive building both from the outside and the inside and definitely a must visit site when in Prague. We rented the audioguides because we wanted to get the background of the castle. However, the information was so detailed, the wonder of the Cathedral was lost trying to listen to the monotonous monologue. Once we got rid of the audioguides we were able to get a truer appriciation of the Cathedral's wonders. The wonderful stained glass reflected the light and cast a rainbow of colours around the place. We were unable to see the Bohemian Coronation jewels which are kept there, but are not on display. However, we did see the small door with seven locks, in the south-western corner of the chapel, which leads to the Crown Chamber containing the jewels (close enough is definately not good enough). Overall a great experience.

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    st. vitus's cathedral

    by doug48 Written Jun 14, 2008

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    st. vitus's cathedral

    located in prague castle is st. vitus's cathedral. the cathedral is one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in europe. work began on this building in 1344 and continued into the 20th century. some must see sites of st. vitus is the chapel of st. wenceslas, the golden portal, and it's flying buttresses.

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    There is only one important thing missing

    by hundwalder Updated May 19, 2008

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    in Katedrala svaty Vita ( St. Vitus Cathedral ).

    As explained in my previous tip, this magnificent cathedral is filled with so much great artwork and architectural brilliance, that it could easily take a full day to explore and savor it.

    It was late afternoon after the tour groups had finally departed and the castle complex was no longer crowded ( what a difference one hour can make ). I was walking along the outside wall of the cathedral on the opposite side of the golden bell tower shown in the photo, when I was overcome by the foul stench of stale urine. At first I thought that inconsiderate tourists were responsible. Seconds later a priest came bursting out of the side door at a speed even greater than the fastest commuters entering and leaving the trains at the Mustek Metro station. He proceeded to a corner removed from the view of most tourists and relieved himself. Now I knew the source of the pungent smell.

    It is amazing that with all of the attention given to detail in the design and construction of this great cathedral, that some small provision could have been made to accomodate nature. But then again, Europeans during medieval times were well known for their complete lack of hygiene.

    Because I don't wish to end this tip on a foul note, please focus your attention on photo #2, which shows a brilliant gold inlaid window, as well as one set of the many masterfully crafted Gothic arches that fill the interior of the cathedral.

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    Collossal Cathedral Rivaling anyother anwhere!

    by seasonedveteran Written Mar 28, 2008

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    That is saying a lot considering the gigantic Cathedrals in Europe. The climax of this expedition is the city view if you can withstand the torturous 300+ Steps to the top. Luckily im in tiptop condition. lol. Just keep that in mind, and the walk to even reach the base of the cathedral is stupendous because you must walk up a steep rising hill. The anticipation only grows on you during this path as the view of Prague slowly unveils itself.

    Well, just look at that picture I got of Charles bridge. Weather permitting, you can also obtain that money shot. Anywho, during your whole trip you can see the church way up on the strategic position of the great hill on which Prague arose.

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