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Soaring Spires Saint Vitus' Cathedral Prague
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One of the most memorable dates in Prague's history is the 21st November 1344. It was the day when the Czech king John of Luxemburg accompanied by his sons, Charles and Henry, and by Prague’s first Archbishop, laid the foundation stone of the future Gothic cathedral of St. Vitus (Katedrála sv Vita) at the Prague Castle (Pražský Hradčany). The structure, now dark with age and solemnity, was meant to become not only the church of the Castle but also the spiritual centre of the whole country.
The Gothic Cathedral is a major architectural monument of the Bohemian school, and probably the most important of all European buildings of this period. It had tremendous influence on the development of the Late Gothic style, characteristic for Central Europe and the English Gothic.
Although its soaring spires are visible from all over Prague, Saint Vitus' Cathedral (Chrám sv. Víta) is by far not Europe's biggest church; its towers aren't nearly as high as e.g. the Cologne Cathedral's. For a strange reason, though, St. Vitus makes me feel very small, something I haven't yet experienced when standing in front of the Cologne Cathedral.
St. Vitus in Prague is without doubt one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe.
May 28th, 2012
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