Monday, May 17, 2010

St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic

Let's go travel Europe again! I am done sharing some places from Germany, Paris, London, Austria and etcetera. I guess this time, let's go to Prague again. I shared some images from Prague, Czech Republic in my previous entries here. I am sharing today about St, Vitus Cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral in Prague, and the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. We had a visit in this capital city of Czech Republic last September 2008. This Cathedral is located within Prague Castle. It is a Gothic architecture and considered to be the biggest and most important church in this country.

I am not so sure if we will be visiting this church again this coming summer. We will see and of course I will share about it here. Here is the south view of St. Vitus Cathedral taken during our visit last 2008. Feel free to click the image for a bigger view.
St. Vitus, The Gothic Cathedral

The present day Gothic Cathedral was founded on 21st of November, 1344, when the Prague bishopric was raised to an archbishopric. Its patrons were the chapter of cathedral (led by a Dean), the Archbishop Arnost of Pardubice, and, above all, Charles IV, King of Bohemia and a soon-to-be Holy Roman Emperor, who intended the new cathedral to be a coronation church, family crypt, treasury for the most precious relics of the kingdom, and the last resting place cum pilgrimage site of patron saint Wenceslaus. The first master builder was a Frenchman Matthias of Arras, summoned from the papal palace in Avignon. Matthias designed the overall layout of the building as, basically, an import of French Gothic: a triple-naved basilica with flying buttresses, short transept, five-bayed choir and decagon apse with ambulatory and radiating chapels. However, he lived to build only the easternmost parts of the choir: the arcades and the ambulatory. The slender verticality of Late French Gothic and clear, almost rigid respect of proportions distinguish his work today. wikipedia


Hilda said...

What a magnificent cathedral!

chubskulit said...

Oh this is fab, I only see this on TV and read on books lol.

About Nostalgia pala sis, YES, you are welcome to join us.. Hope to see you next week!


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