Saturday, April 21, 2007

St. Vitas Cathedral at Prague Castle

In the middle of Prague castle lies a beautiful Gothic church known as St. Vitas Cathedral. It is the largest and most important church in the Czech Republic and contains the tomb of many Bohemian kings. The Gothic cathedral began contruction in 1344 and one patron was Charles IV who would become the Holy Roman Emperor. The first builder was French and he brought with him the Gothis style of the flying buttresses, short transept, and a five bay choir among other traits. The church as it exists today was not complete until the 20th century and along with the changing builders Renaissance and Baroque elements were added, most notably in the main tower.

Brian E. Williford

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