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Gothic Saint Vitus Cathedral In Prague
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They say that it takes a leap of faith to plant a tree - especially something like an oak that takes hundreds of years to fully mature. The planter knows that he or she will not be around to enjoy the beauty and shade of the fully grown tree. But yet it is essential to plant those seeds for future generations.
It's the same with the great cathedrals of the world. These soaring structures were not built overnight. In fact, the building and rebuilding of the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague (Chrám sv. Víta) has been going on for something like a 1000 years. Of all of the artisans that dedicated their lives to the work of raising the cathedral over the centuries not many had any hopes of seeing the finished project. What drove them to continue anyway? Faith? Wages? The threat of excommunication?
St. Vitus Cathedral was not consecrated until 1929 - 1000 years after the death of St. Wenceslas, the man who first chose this site overlooking the Vltava river as the perfect place to build a grand church.
May 26th, 2012
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