St. Vitus Cathedral

The St. Vitus’s Cathedral can be seen from almost everywhere in Prague. It often gets confused with the castle itself as it stands so close to the castle. Over the years the color of the castle has taken a greenish tone.

Standing next to the St. Vitus’s Cathedral is an area to look over the valley and down to the river. The view is marked by landmarks reaching up to the sky, the largest seems to be the St. Nicholas Cathedral. However, this is only because it’s the closest to the Prague Castle as it stands in the Lesser Town.

In the 14th century, King Charles IV had the idea of building a new cathedral with the intention of a coronation church when he added the title of Holy Roman Emperor. He then hired a French architect for the project. Matthias of Arras was assigned to the design and construction of the St. Vitus’s Cathedral. The layout of the castle was a complex style of French Gothic. Unfortunately, he didn’t live to finish the project but the construction continued and eventually the cathedral was finished as it stands today.

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