Cathedral in Prague

St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague: a large Gothic church with royal tombs and St. Wenceslas Chapel.

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Perched within Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral stands as a sentinel of Gothic architecture and centuries-old faith. This cathedral, the largest in the Czech Republic, is not only a spiritual center but also the final resting place of Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors.

Approaching St. Vitus Cathedral, its spires reach skywards at impressive heights, soaring to about 97 meters (318 feet). The structure's age is significant, with construction spanning over six centuries, beginning in the 14th century. Its stained-glass windows, each telling a story of saints and rulers, fill the interior with light that leaves visitors impressed.

Inside, the cathedral is full of history. The St. Wenceslas Chapel is a highlight, with walls decorated with semi-precious stones and 14th-century frescoes depicting the Passion of Christ. The chapel also holds the relics of St. Wenceslas, the patron saint of the Czech Republic.

Equally significant is the tomb of St. John of Nepomuk, made of pure silver and considered one of the most important Baroque monuments in Europe. It shows both the wealth and the artistic skill of its era.

Beyond its religious significance, the cathedral also offers a climb up the Great South Tower. Those willing to take on the 287 steps will be rewarded with wide views of Prague. The tower is also where the cathedral’s bells are located, the largest of which, named Zikmund, dates back to 1549 and weighs 15 tonnes (almost 17 US tons).

St. Vitus Cathedral is a symbol of Czech history that has seen coronations, royal weddings, and funerals. It stands as proof of the craftsmanship and religious dedication that shaped the nation's capital. Visiting this cathedral offers a look into the cultural heart of Prague, where every stone and window has a story to tell.

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