Saint Vitus Cathedral is known as the largest temple in Prague, it is also one of the most essential. It is packed with Czech Republic’s religious at the same time cultural history. It contains different artifacts and objects from the 14th-century such as a mosaic of the Final Judgement, St. Wenceslas’ tomb and that of Charles IV. St. John of Nepomuk’s silver grave made in the baroque style, art nouveau stained glass created by Alfons Mucha and lastly the Chapel of St. Wenceslas.
Matthias of Arras and Peter Parler, are the people behind the construction of the chapel consisting of a ring of chapels – the Golden Portal, St. Wenceslas Chapel, and finally the main steeple.
The colorful stained-glass windows added to the charm of the church. Alfons Mucha, a prominent Czech musician, and an art nouveau artist created the design. Continue north, in your left, you’ll see the scenes from the lives of Sts Cyril and Methodius (1909). Near these is a wooden crucifix from František Bílek in 1899.
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The Final Judgement was an art depicting flames of Hell brightly burning, situated at the right-hand corner’s lower portion. There are also three wooden doors decorated with small panels below each martyr saint. There are many artworks depicting the suffering of several saints in the chamber of the cathedral.
Saint Vitus Cathedral was greatly affected by the Hussite wars which resulted in the decline in its financial and economic stability. Despite that, Prague’s Saint Vitus Cathedral is packed with a collection of spectacular artifacts. Among these are created by Charles IV in 1346–1378: golden reliquary using Christ’s loincloth, and the St. Catherine’s reliquary. There have been items preserved which are believed to be taken from the Last Supper. During the reign of King Ladislaus II Jagiellon, the treasury was expanded. There are many interesting things to see here and many things to learn too like the cult of St. Ludmila, attached to St. George’s Basilica at the Prague Castle.
Speech: III. nádvorí 48/2, 119 01 Praha 1, Czechia
Height: 97 m
Founded: c. 930; 1344 (current church)
Architectural style: Gothic architecture