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"St. Vitus - interior ( 5 photos)" St. Vitus' Cathedral Tip by nicolaitan

St. Vitus' Cathedral, Prague: 328 reviews and 578 photos

St. Vitus is an example of Gothic architecture. This form was most popular between the 12th and 15th Centuries, and typically associated with churches. It is characterized by stone structures with lots of glass, pointed spires and arches, ribbed ceilings, and flyiing buttresses. There are extensive sculptural details, often bizarre such as the use of gargoyles The massive splendor of this cathedral is hard to describe in words. There are several interior features of special note --

The stained glass windows along the north wall are the 20th Century work of Alfons Mucha, the famous Czech Art Nouveau painter. The most famous, 3rd on the left, features at the top Sts. Cyril and Methodius who introduced Christianity to Bohemia and lower down St. Wenceslas and his mother St. Ludmila who made Christianity the major Bohemian faith. The colors are vibrant. Mucha's classic color scheme apparently included blue for the past, gold for the mythic, and red for the future. (Image 2). The other windows are equally beautiful.

Also of note are the ceiling vaults which are double diagonal ribs, Parler"s contribution to modernized Gothic architecture. Besides being attractive, the crossed ribs give strength to support the roof.

Not only is St. Wenceslas chapel beautiful and striking - his remains rest here. Also interred in the main part of the church are the remains of Charles IV and the Habsburg Rudolf II. The organ and altarpiece are similarly beautiful.

Address: Prazsky hrad
Directions: Prague Castle
Phone: +420 224 373 368

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  • Updated Oct 15, 2006
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