The Cathedral's beautiful Gothic facade is beautifully complimented by a very ornate interior. Intricate 20th century stained glass contrasts with 16th century wooden embellishments. Some key parts of the Cathedral are:
Interestingly, the Cathedral also houses an entrance to the Crown Chamber which houses the priceless Bohemian Crown Jewels. This room is sealed off from the world by two doors with 7 locks each and is not open to the public. The priceless artefacts include the St Wenceslas Crown, the Royal Sceptre and the Royal Orb. All 7 keys required for access are held by separate people including the Czech President, Prime Minister, Prague's Mayor and the Prague Archbishop.
Much like most churches and structures in and around the Prague Castle, the St Vitus Cathedral is very different to the church that was originally built on the same spot in 925. The original Romanesque design was replaced with a larger and more spacious basilica in 1060 complete with a bishop's mansion.
The Gothic Cathedral that we see today was founded in 1344 by Charles IV who soon became the Holy Roman Emperor. Its intricate design was a very complex engineering ask which meant that the construction work went on for hundreds of years. With interruptions for wars, financial reasons and regime changes, the Cathedral's constuction went on into the 19th century when the new nave was constructed and significant work on the exterior was done. The 1920s were spent building the grand exterior and the famous Gothic facade that we see today before the Cathedral was finally finished in 1929.
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St. Vitus Cathedral
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