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St. Vitus Cathedral

Czech Republic > Prague

What's inside?

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:

  • The Royal Crypt - stairs lead down to the Royal crypt near the entrance to the Cathedral and inside you'll find the tombs of a number of the most famous of Czech rulers including Charles IV and Rudolph II.
  • The Great Tower - open only during the summer, this 96m tall tower offers unparalleled views of Prague. 297 steps up fron the Cathedral's floor, you will get a beautiful Panorama of the city and the chance to admire the beautiful clock and the Sigismund Bell - Czech Republic's largest.
  • The Royal Mausoleum - located on the eastern side of the Cathedral, this Mausoleum was completed in 1589 in the memory of Ferdinand I, his wife and son.
  • The Tomb of St Vitus - near the Royal Mausoleum you will find the Tomb of St Vitus after whom the Cathedral is named. St Vitus is a very important saint for the Czechs and is the patron of Bohemia.

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.

St Vitus Cathedral origins

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.

Opening Times

January 1st to March 31st

  • Monday to Saturday: 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM

April 1st to October 31st

  • Open Daily: 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM

November 1st to December 31st

  • Monday to Saturday: 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Price Information

Prague Castle-Route A

  • General : 350.00 CZK
  • Family : 700.00 CZK

Prague Castle-Route B

  • Adult : 250.00 CZK
  • Family : 500.00 CZK
Address

St. Vitus Cathedral

Prague Castle

Prague

Hlavní město Praha

Czechia 119 01

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