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A Cross On St Vitus Cathedral Prague
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The Treasury of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, the largest church treasury in the Czech Republic and one of the most extensive in Europe, traces its beginnings back to the early Middle Ages. It suffered major losses during the Hussite wars and was plundered many times in subsequent periods of social tumult and economic shortages.
Even so, Prague's St. Vitus Cathedral still boasts a huge collection of precious artefacts that is breathtaking in its extent. Among the finest masterpieces is the golden coronation cross as well as a cross with a fragment of Christ's loincloth, the reliquary of St. Catherine, a crystal jug holding the tablecloth from the Last Supper, a diamond-studded monstrance, the guilded tomb of St Wenceslas; There are examples of goldsmiths' art dating from the 19th century as well as panel paintings with vera icons believed to be impressed images of Christ's true appearance.
Even in its hidden corners and winding stairways the cathedral houses tens of thousands of secrets: Icons, ancient relics, walls with inlaid gem stones, wall paintings showing Christ's passion, gilded stucco, the shadow of screaming gargoyles and the crypt of kings under the cathedral containing the remains of Charles IV himself. Those secrets, incredible riches - and more - you'll have to discover on your own.
May 27th, 2012
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