St. Vitus

Katedrála svatého Víta (Saint Vitus' Cathedral) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Prague, and the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. The full name of the cathedral is "St. Vitus, St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert Cathedral." Located within Prague Castle and containing the tombs of many Bohemian kings, this cathedral is an excellent example of Gothic architecture and is the biggest and most important church in the country.

The present day Gothic Cathedral was founded on 21st of November, 1344, when the Prague bishopric was raised to an archbishopric. Through the following centuries, however, the cathedral remained only half built despite several attempts to finish it. It wasn't until 1844 when Vácslav Pešina, an energetic St. Vitus priest, together with Neo-Gothic architect Josef Kranner presented a program for renovation and completion of the great cathedral at the gathering of German architects in Prague that the final chapter in the cathedral's story began. Work continued thoughout the early 20th century until in 1929, almost 600 years later, St. Vitus cathedral was finally finished.


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