Czech Republic

St. Vitus' Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic

Prague's Cathedral must have one of the longest periods of construction of any Cathedral in Europe. It was begun on the orders of Charles IV in 1344. It wasn't fully completed until the early 20th century!

In 1421 the Hussites took over the Cathedral. In the 1620s it was the turn of the Calvinists. "Good King" Wenceslas (also St.Wenceslas, of course) is entombed in the Cathedral, which was only concecrated in 1929 nearly 1000 years after he died.

The west front with its towers and rose window were only added in the 1920s.

An integral part of Prague Castle, St. Vitus' Cathedral is visible from all over the City.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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