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Chrám sv. Víta , 10000 Praha

GPS: 50° 05' 27" N   14° 24' 02" E    Search route
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The cathedral of St. Vítus, Wenceslas and Adalbert is the most famous sacral monument in Prague and creates its characteristic dominant. Originally there was a pre-Romanesque rotunda, founded by prince Václav (Wenceslas), who was also buried here. Prince Spytihněv had the rotunda demolished in 1060 and built a three-nave basilica, which had been standing here till 1344. Emperor Charles IV initiated the construction of the main kingdom cathedral of the French Gothic style in connection with the promotion of the Prague bishopric into archbishopric. Its main architects were Mathias of Arras and Petr Parléř. The construction continued till the early 15th century, when it was interrupted. The Association for completing the Cathedral of St. Vitus finished the construction of the cathedral nearly 600 years later. The Neo-Gothic three-nave and the façade with two towers were constructed in 1873-1929. The cathedral was consecrated on the feast day of St. Václav on the occasion of the thousand years anniversary of his murder. The most sacred place of the cathedral is the Chapel of St. Václav, where the Czech regalia have been housed. The walls of the chapel are decorated with gemstones and paintings from the period of Charles IV. The cathedral is not only the royal treasury, but also the royal tomb, where numerous remarkable personages of national as well as European history have been buried. Prague - St Vitus, Wenceslas and Adalbert Cathedral

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