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. Matthias of Arras built the Golden Portal, the lower section of the main steeple and the beautiful St. Wenceslas Chapel. Peter Parler managed to finish the east part of the cathedral while his sons finished the floors of the bell tower as he too passed. During the Hussite wars, the building of St. Vitus came to a standstill for many years, centuries even. After efforts from Leopold I failed, St. Vitus was finally completed in the 20th century with assistance from the Union for Completion of the Cathedral of St. Vitus in Prague, an organization founded in 1873. St. Vitus has been the site for many royal coronations and other ceremonies. The cathedral boasts the royal mausoleum, where the tombs of former Kings and Queens are laid. An important part of the cathedral is the elaborate St. Wenceslas Chapel, where the door to the Crown Chamber, which secures the Crown Jewels, is located.
Prague Castle, Hradcany, Praha 1
Address: Pražský Hrad, Praha 1 – Hradčany
In the Neighborhood
- After visiting Prague Castle you can relax in castle and palace gardens that can be found on the southern slopes.
- Our brand new Old World One-Bedroom Apartment is just a pleasant walk away from the majestic St. Vitus.
- The tiny, hidden Golden Well Hotel is also close by; this boutique hotel provides amazing views of the beautiful city of Prague.
- After a look through the gorgeous cathedral, head over to observe the beauty of the Renaissance Schwarzenberg Palace .