St Vitus's Cathedral, Prague

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    St Vitus' cathedral

    by betako3 Updated Mar 18, 2008
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    The cathedral is huge, I wished we had a guide to tell us more about it.
    I spent most of the time admiring the many side altars.
    But it wasn't the happiest of visits: my camera batteries went dead and my friend got her brand new castle ticket stolen and she had to buy a new one :( so beware of thiefs even when in church!

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    Breathtaking

    by lisha74 Written Dec 28, 2007
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    This is a catherdral that will truly take your breath away. Having seen several other beautiful catherdrals in London, Vienna, and even here in the US, St. Vitus easily tops them all. Even a short walk around the catherdral (as I did) will leave you awestruck. I understand visitors are allowed to walk inside as well.

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    The Vitus Cathedral - inside

    by Luchonda Updated Dec 18, 2007

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    Another view- Jugendstil - Early 20th century
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    Here you can spend many hours to enjoy the glory of the past - to smell the history of Prague and looking at some unique pieces of art!
    The tomb of Jan Nepomuk is a topic - (1350-1393) martyr of the catholics. His tomb is of pure silver. (Taking pictures with flash is forbidden in this part of the Cath) You will see a lot of silverwork in this Cathedral - gifts of art to the Bisdom of the city !
    PS : Picture 1 - Stained Glass window, Art Nouveau by Alphonse Muska (1860-1939)
    you will see this masterpiece entering the western bow of the church, strolling north side chapels, i think the third/fourth chapel. Just great to see it.
    Remarkable aswell is that the organ, located in the many Cathedrals i know in Europe, is located in the middle northern part, instead of the western part. But it took about 1000 years to built this beautiful monument, and this in several phases, depending on the available budget of the Bisdom/Kingdom, budget for fighting the invaders, or budget for building churches.

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    The final judgement - to heaven or burning in hell

    by Luchonda Updated Dec 13, 2007

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    The ghotic "Vitus-Cathedral" was builded in the 14th century. Initiator was officially Jan Van Luxembourg - but the initiative was taken by Charles IV. He could convince the pope Clemens VI to built this cathedral. It took about 1000 years to complete the cathedral !

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    Beautiful impressive gothic cathedral

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Nov 1, 2007

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    Gorgeous backside of the cathedral
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    I think I had to wait in line 1/2 hr. or so to get in the church..... and it was starting to rain, everyone was pushing to try to get in sooner... but it was worth the wait. I think that, since this is one of the very few attractions that you can visit in Prague for free, most people want to take advantage and visit it when they go all the way up to the castle complex. And the church itself is very worthwhile, both inside and outside.

    The architecture is magnificent inside (there are some great huge stained glass windows), there are some gorgeous mosaics outside and you can even climb the towers and have a magnificent view of Prague from high above..... please see next tip for further details and pictures!!!

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    St. Vitus' Cathedral

    by marielexoteria Updated Sep 26, 2007

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    St. Vitus' Cathedral is the biggest church in Czech Rep. and the seat of the Archbishop of Prague as well as a big destination in Prague. It's been the place where Bohemian kings and queens have been crowned and the place where several of them rest in peace. When we visited it, it was full of people inside and outside so we only got to see how beautiful it is from the outside.

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    Katedrala svateho Vita

    by Bjorgvin Updated Jul 25, 2007

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    Adam and Eve.

    Visit St. Vitus, St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert Cathedral (Katedrala svateho Vita, Vaclava a Vojtecha). It took nearly six centuries to build this magnificent Gothic cathedral, the spiritual symbol of the nation. Construction began in 1344 on the site of an older chapel and the first architect was a Frenchman, Mattias of Arras. Petr Parler, Charles IV’s favourite architect, later continued his work. The final phase of construction was in the period 1873-1929. The two large spires (260 feet) were only added in 1900. The cathedral contains underground tombs of Czech kings, and the coronation jewels are deposited in the cathedral.

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    St Vitus Cathedral

    by monkeytrousers Written Jul 17, 2007

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    Southern Side of St Vitus Cathedral
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    This magnificant gothic cathedral is truely a sight to behold. Both inside and out are a delight. There are lots of beautiful stained glass windows inside, including one by Muccha, the tomb of St Wenceslas and some great architecture. It is also possible to climb the tower but be prepared to que again for that.

    One of the most notable parts of the cathedral's exterior is on its southern side. This is the Golden Gate above which is a mosiac depicting the last judgment (see attached photos).

    The cathedral is free to walk around but there is more often than not a lengthy que so either go early or be prepared to wait around for a while.

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    Saint Vitus Cathedral

    by Santini738 Written Jul 12, 2007

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    Saint Vitus Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic, and the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. The full name of the cathedral is St. Vitus, St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert Cathedral. Located within Prague Castle and containing the tombs of many Bohemian kings, this cathedral is an excellent example of Gothic architecture and is the biggest and most important church in the country.

    The first church — also consecrated to St. Vitus — that stood at the location of the present-day cathedral was an early romanesque rotunda founded by Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia in 925. This patron saint was chosen because Wenceslaus had acquired a holy relic — the arm of St. Vitus — from Emperor Henry I. It is also possible that Wenceslaus, wanting to convert his subjects to Christianity more easily, chose a saint whose name sounds very much like the name of Slavic solar deity Svantevit. Two religious populations, the increasing Christian and decreasing pagan community, lived simultaneously in Prague castle at least until the 11th century.

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    by Grace_kel Written Jun 28, 2007
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    Saint Vitus Cathedral (Czech: Katedrála svatého Víta) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Prague. After visiting this, you can walk around to basilica of St. George, a monastery and several palaces, gardens and defence towers

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    Gothic glory

    by tvdm Written May 4, 2007

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    As Castle Hill will be on your itinerary anyway, it's very hard not to visit the cathedral. I'll leave all the ins and outs for the tourist guides, but I won't forgive you for not visititing St Vitus', which is the most recognisable feature of the Prague skyline.

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    Katedrala sv Vita, Vaclava a Vojtecha

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 9, 2007

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    To enter inside the Cathedral of St. Vitus means to cross thousand years of history. Entering from the western portal interesting you can admire elements of the modern Neoghotic style. To the inside, along the aisles, the chapels side rich in relics, works of art of the Renaissance and modern statues are lined up.

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    Zlata Brana

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 9, 2007

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    The Gold Door has been up to the nineteenth century the principal entry door of the cathedral. It is used only for particular occasions today. The door is decorated with a marvelous mosaic of Venetian school realized in the sixteenth century representative the Universal Judgment.

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    Rampant arcs

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 9, 2007

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    Outside the apse of the cathedral you can see the slender rampant arcs that surround the outside of the aisle and the choir sustaining the times of it. Very beautiful are the typical Gothic drip edges!

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    Katedrala sv Vita, Vaclava a Vojtecha

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 9, 2007

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    Katedrala sv Vita, Vaclava a Vojtecha
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    The cathedral of St Vitus is one of the most important monuments in the city. The construction had beginning in 1344 for order of John of Luxemburg. The jobs were begun by the French Mathieu of Arras and continued, after his death, from Swabian Peter Parler up to the Hussite Wars. The cathedral had been being completed by architects and artists of the nineteenth and twentieth century. To its interior there are preserved the St. Venceslao's buried and joys.

    The rose window of the facade was drawn by Frantisek Jysela in 1925-1927 and it illustrates scenes of the creation.

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