Places Around St. Vitus Cathedral
Saint Vitus Cathedral is a cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic, and the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. Located within Prague Castle and containing the tombs of many Bohemian kings, this cathedral is an excellent example of Gothic architecture and is the biggest and most important church in the country.
The first church — also consecrated to St. Vitus — that stood at the location of the present-day cathedral was an early Romanesque rotunda founded by Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia in 925. The present day Gothic Cathedral was founded on 21st of November, 1344, when the Prague bishopric was raised to an archbishopric. It took over 600 years to built the cathedral, which was finally finished only in 1929.
Perhaps the most outstanding place in the cathedral is the Chapel of St. Wenceslas, where the relics of the saint are kept. This room was built by Peter Parler above Saint Wenceslas’ tomb. The chapel paintings express the medieval devotion to St. Wenceslas. The walls of St. Wenceslas Chapel are covered with more than 1,300 precious stones. A small door with seven locks, in the south-western corner of the chapel, leads to the Crown Chamber containing the Bohemian Coronation Jewels. Unfortunately, the Chapel is not accessible by members of the public, but can be viewed from its doorways instead.