St Vitus Cathedral
A beautiful Gothic temple, St. Vitus Cathedral looms over Prague as its most distinctive feature. Located in the third Prague Castle courtyard, the cathedral is among the most frequently visited monuments not only in Prague but in the entire Czech Republic. It is an absolute must for every visitor to see the cathedral and the whole complex of Prague Castle.
The cathedral was built on the site of an old Romanesque basilica founded by the emperor and Czech King Charles IV from the Luxemburg dynasty. The construction of the massive temple began in 1344 and took approximately 600 years to complete. The main part of the construction is formed by a choir with a ring of chapels. The Chapel of St. Wenceslas and the lower part of the main chapel, or the Golden Gate, were completed during the 14th century thanks to two architects engaged in this work of art: Mathieu d´Arras and Peter Parler. The last stage in the construction was completed from 1873 - 1929.
Visitors may access the cathedral surroundings and the three-nave area free of charge. However, it is well worth the time spent to visit the whole temple. The cathedral is part of both Prague Castle tours – the long visit, which includes Old King Palace, an exhibition retelling the “Story of Prague Castle,” St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane, Prague Castle Picture Gallery, Powder Tower Rosenberg Palace and St. Vitus Cathedral, as well as the short visit, which includes Old King Palace, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane and St. Vitus Cathedral. Accessible separately, the cathedral’s Great Southern Tower offers what is perhaps the most impressive view of Prague.
St. Vitus Cathedral and Prague Castle are both must-sees for visitors. After all, the castle was the seat of Czech kings and queens; they were enthroned in the castle for centuries, and they were laid to rest in the royal mausoleum of the cathedral. Reserve a room at the Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, situated about 45 minutes on foot from Prague Castle, and the concierge department will help organise an unforgettable visit to both Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral.