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Saint Vitus' Cathedral (Czech: Katedrála svatého Víta), a Roman Catholic cathedral located within the Prague Castle (Czech: Pražský hrad), is an excellent example of Gothic architecture and the biggest and most important church in the Czech Republic. The full name of the cathedral is St. Vitus, St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert Cathedral.
The current cathedral is the third of a series of religious buildings at the site. The first church was an early Romanesque rotunda founded by Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia in 925. In 1060 a much larger and more representative Romanesque basilica in the style of the Holy Roman Empire was built in its spot. It was a triple-aisled basilica with two choirs and a pair of towers.
The present day Gothic Cathedral was founded on 21st of November, 1344, when the Prague bishopric was raised to an archbishopric. Work on the cathedral, proceeded rather slowly. By the time of St Wenceslas jubilee in 1929, the St Vitus cathedral was finally finished, 600 years after it was begun.
May 7th, 2012
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