St Vitus Cathedral
A beautiful Gothic temple, St. Vitus Cathedral looms over Prague as its most distinctive feature. Located in the 3rd courtyard of Prague Castle, the cathedral is among the most frequently visited monuments not only in the city but in the entire Czech Republic. Both the castle and the cathedral are two absolute must-sees for everyone visiting the capital.
Six centuries of construction workThe cathedral was built on the site of an old Romanesque basilica founded by emperor and Czech King Charles IV from the Luxemburg dynasty. The construction of the massive structure began in 1344 and took approximately 600 years to complete. The main part of the building consists of a choir with a ring of chapels, St. Wenceslas Chapel, the Golden Gate, and the lower part of the Bell Tower. These were completed during the 14th century thanks to two architects, Mathieu d´Arras and Peter Parler. The last stages of the construction were completed from 1873-1929.
Take a tour of the templeThe entrance to the cathedral is free, and it is well worth the time if you chose to visit the temple as a whole. The cathedral is part of two Prague Castle tours, a long tour and a short tour. The long tour includes the Old Royal Palace, an exhibition retelling the “Story of Prague Castle,” St. George’s Basilica, Convent of St. George, National Gallery, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower and the Prague Castle Picture Gallery. The shorter tour includes the Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica and the Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower. Accessible separately, the Bell Tower offers what is perhaps the most impressive view of Prague. Also make sure to visit the privately owned Lobkowicz Palace which is also part of the castle complex.
St. Vitus Cathedral and Prague Castle are both must-sees for visitors to the city. After all, the castle was the seat of Czech kings and queens who were enthroned in the castle for centuries, and when they passed away they were laid to rest in the cathedral’s royal mausoleum. To visit the Cathedral and Prague Castle, reserve a room at the Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel in Prague, which is situated just over 30 minutes away by foot. The hotel’s concierge department will gladly help you organize an unforgettable visit to both sites.