St. Vitus’ Cathedral This truly striking piece of architecture, similar to Notre Dame in Paris, is the work of centuries. It began as a chapel, and gradually grew to the soaring edifice so often photographed today. The full name of the cathedral is an impressive one: The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslas, and Adalbert. In keeping with its hefty title, it is the largest cathedral in the Czech Republic. It was established by the legendary Wenceslas (Vaclav) I of Bohemia, the murdered duke who was the inspiration for the 19th-century Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas”. In the beginning, the cathedral was a small Romanesque rotunda dedicated to St. Vitus. Prague itself was only a very small settlement in the
If you haven’t yet heard, there is a church full of bones located in the village of Kutna Hora about an hour east from Prague. It’s picking up a lot of hype and we can see why. This bone church is filled with bones and skulls from nearly 70,000 victims of the plague. Although it can be a bit eerie and cold, the sight is definitely worth the trip. Inside the church (Sedlec Monastery), you can see interesting configurations on how the bones are set up and displayed. You can see some of the bones arranged as some sort of shield, chandelier and into many decorations. Although it’s not as big as the catacombs in other parts of the world,
Tucked away in a hidden corner of Old Town, this complex of ancient buildings is home to the National Gallery’s collection of gothic art, which is largely made up of a unique collection of wood panel paintings portraying saints and sinners. Master Theodoric, one of the most distinguished artistic personalities of the 14th century, is well represented here with dozens of remarkable works. We also like the museum’s display of sandstone gargoyles. Agnes, the 13th-century princess who founded this abbey, was canonized in 1989 after a 600 year campaign for her sainthood that was hampered by the impossibility of locating her remains. View on Google Maps No related posts.