Friday, June 15, 2012

Prague- St. Vitus Cathedral

It was easy to see St. Vitus Cathedral from just about everywhere-
assuming, of course, that your view is not obstructed by an enormous building.

St. Vitus Cathedral is located within the Prague Castle Complex,
and contains the tombs of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors.
The biggest and most important church in all of the Czech Republic,
it is a prime example of Gothic architecture.

The present day cathedral was founded on the 21st November, 1344.
Over the next century,
the cathedral saw several master builders,
and very slow construction.
A war in the first half of the 15th century and a fire in 1541 finally put a halt to all construction of St. Vitus Cathedral.

Through most of the following centuries,
the cathedral stood only half built.
Several attempts were made to continue work on the cathedral,
but most ended prematurely due to a lack of funds.

In 1844 a plan was put together to restore and complete St. Vitus Cathedral.
Almost a century later, in 1929, the cathedral was finally as you see it today.
And, although it took nearly 600 years from start to finish,
much of the original design and elements were used in the final construction,
thus providing the Cathedral with a jointed, harmonious look.

I was in absolute awe of this magnificent piece of architecture.
It is truly a piece of art.
I spent a good 30 minutes just staring,
and admiring all the detail that went into one single building.
The closer you get, the better it is.

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Joslin said...

Very cool! The mister and I want to make our way up there one day.

The Banty Rooster said...

Jess, I remember going to see this cathedral when I was in Prague with my Dad, Uncle and Step-Mom. It truly is magnificent and overwhelming. You are a great photographer!

Danielle said...

I want to visit Prague so bad! I've heard it's just like a fairy tale city. So jealous!

Jenna said...

WOW. Please send these to National Geographic - they are insanely beautiful. I have a thing for old european cathedrals, and this may well be the most beautiful I've seen. Simply stunning!


Agnes of {anna+agnes} said...

Wow that cathedral is breath taking! I can't get over the sheer size of it! The story behind it so neat too, thanks for sharing :]

D said...

Wow, it looks beautiful! Was considering going to Prague last month, but last minute tickets were pretty astronomical :(

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

Such stunning photos!

Cami said...

Oh HELLO gorgeous photos!!!!

Debbie @ OtRD said...

What stunning photos! The architecture is simply amazing and I love the photo of the candles too!

Sarah Segovia said...

Amazing. Love it! And your blog! New follower!
Thanks for your comments on my blog :)

Pride In Photos said...

wow wow wow...lovin your blog! Just found you!what an adventerous girl you are. Keep up the great work. I just followed you:)
Laurie @ Pride in Photos

Joann said...

Great pictures you've got!
Cheers to more travels :D

Sally said...

I want to go right now!!! Looks amazing, great photos my friend!! Sally xoxo

Sheila@TheFailteHouse said...

This is beautiful and beautiful photos as well!

tandaschroeder said...

Thanks for the nice little comments on my blog. Your blog is adorable and I absolutely loved these pictures of such detailed architecture. Thank you for sharing. I'm excited to see all of your future posts.

Amanda at: we & serendipity