Gothic

Gothic architecture originated in France in the 12th century and lasted in Europe until the 16th century and then experienced resurgence in the 18th through 20th century England, mostly due to structures of churches and university buildings. The architectural characteristics of the Gothic style include flying buttresses, pointed arches, and ribbed vaulting, the engineering feats that increased the size of the colorful stained glass windows that are such an important feature in Gothic churches. And let us not forget the majesty the Gothic structures displayed and still display to this day; said to install fear and awe in the worshipper, these magnificent buildings made one feel small compared to the power of Christ and the Church. In the territory of the Holy Roman Empire, the main characteristics of the Gothic included the massive width and height of the cathedrals and their towers and spires. 

  • Prague Gothic Architecture | Charles Bridge at Sunset Charles Bridge

    The Gothic Charles Bridge is easily the most recognizable sight in the beautiful city of Prague. Legend has it that the builders added eggs to the foundation in order to make it stronger. After an extensive cleaning and restoration this year, the rumor is said to be true as experts indeed found traces of eggs in the many layers of materials. Strange superstitions abound, the construction of the Gothic bridge started in 1357; it is said that Charles IVs astronomers...

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  • Prague Gothic Architecture | St. Vitus St. Vitus

    The Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV commissioned the construction and design of St. Vitus to Frenchman Matthias of Arras in 1344 and after the passing of Matthias to Peter Parler in 1356. Matthias of Arras drew inspiration from French cathedrals, while Peter Parler wished to build a structure unlike any other he has witnessed. St. Vitus is a grand example of Gothic architecture in the city of Prague and yet another testimonial to the wonderful cultural legacy of Charles IV....

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  • Prague Gothic Architecture | Tyn Church and Old Town Square Church of our Lady before Tyn

    In the gorgeous center of Prague, in famous Old Town Square, sits the imposing, often sinister looking, the Church of our Lady before Tyn; if you happen to first catch sight of this Gothic beauty in the evening, the amber glow illuminating out of the high spires will certainly awe and hypnotize you. It was first built in 1365, as Germans merchants provided funds in order to possess a main worshipping center. The resplendent entryway was built in 1390, while...

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  • Prague Gothic Architecture | The Powder Tower Powder Tower

    This impressive 65 meter Gothic tower, constructed by Matous Rejsek in 1475 and modeled after the 14th century Old Town Bridge Tower, sits majestically at the beginning of the Royal coronation route, a reminder of the rich aristocratic past of Prague. The tower was built under the reign of Vladislav II Jagiello and was one of the thirteen entrance gates to Old Town. Construction was at a standstill from 1477 to 1485 as the King was forced to flee as...

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  • Prague Gothic Architecture | The Convent of St. Agnes The Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia

    Founded by Princess Agnes of the Premyslid dynasty in 1231, the Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia is the oldest Gothic building in Prague and was used by the Order of Saint Clare, also known as the Order of Poor Ladies (the second Franciscan order established, founded by St. Clare and St. Francis of Assisi in 1212). The convent was influential as a spiritual center in Prague and also was used as the burial spot for the Premyslids. The Dominicans...

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  • Prague Gothic Architecture | The House at the Stone Bell The House at the Stone Bell

    Situated in magnificent Old Town Square, The House at the Stone Bell is a wonderful example of the glorious Gothic architecture Charles IV brought to the city of Prague. Built in the 13th century, it is one of the oldest buildings in Prague and it looks remarkable; this is due to an extensive restoration project finished in the 1980s, as the palace was formerly rebuilt into a Baroque and neo Baroque residence after it supposedly housed the Royal Elizabeth I...

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