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It's main facade was completed only in the 20th century, but the cathedral was founded back in 1344, when the Prague bishopric was elevated to archbishopric. The cathedral's frst builder was Matthias of Arras, who designed the circumferential chapels in the east. Peter Parler continued the construction from 1356 until his death in 1399. He built the first half of the church including the Zlata brana (Golden Gate) with a unique vault. The mosaic, rare in central Europe, and its placement attest to the significance assigned by Charles IV to his seat, as do the interiors, especially the decorations in the Chapel of St. Wenceslas, Bohemia's patron saint. The chapel stands above the grave of the saint which was here already at the time of the original 10th-century church that was later rebuilt. The current cathedral is the third structure on the same site.

Address: Third courtyard of Prague Castle
Directions: Prague Castle
Phone: 420 224 373 368
Website: http://www.katedralasvatehovita.cz/en

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  • Updated Nov 12, 2005
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