Spired Miracle of Prague: St Vitus Cathedral
To many people the St Vitus Cathedral is the Prague Castle itself. It is no wonder, the gothic splendour of the cathedral is simply breathtakig. It is a resting place for many important czech rulers and a spiritual centre.
Like many other buildings of this magnificent type, the cathedral was built over several centuries. The construction began in 1344 by the Bohemian King and Roman Emperor Charles IV on the site where a 10th century rotunda stood. Thanks to architect Petr Parléř, the building turned into a architectonic masterpiece. The style is unified by neo-Gothic components though some parts of the cathedral are much older. The most important part of the cathedral is the exceptional St. Wenceslas Chapel, where the priceless Bohemian coronation jewels and relics of the greatest Bohemian saint Wenceslas are kept. The golden walls are covered with Gothic paintings, jaspers and amesthysts. The main altar and a mausoleum of Habsburg dynasty is domed by one of the oldest arc in Europe.
It is free for visitors to enter the first part of St. Vitus Cathedral. A ticket must be purchased only when visiting the whole cathedral. You can conclude your visit to the cathedral with an ascent to the top of the south tower, where you will be rewarded with a fantastic view on Prague.
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