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St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála svatého Víta)

St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála svatého Víta)

This Gothic cathedral, the spiritual symbol of the Czech state, was founded in 1344 on the site of the original Romanesque rotunda. The construction took nearly 600 years and was finally completed in 1929. Its impressive interior is home to such wonders as the beautifully decorated St Wenceslas Chapel with the tomb of St Wenceslas, the crypt where Czech kings are buried, and the Crown Chamber, where the Crown Jewels are kept. The main and the largest Prague temple, spiritual symbol of the Bohemian state. It has been built in place where the episcopate was located, and later the archiepiscopate. In the choir, there is the bishops’ tribune, or cathedra, thus the term cathedral.
On the 23rd April 1997, Cardinal Miroslav Vlk issued a decree on the basis of which the object acquired its original name again, Cathedral of St. Vitus, Václav and Vojtěch. The cathedral has been consecrated to three saints: Prince Václav (canonized later) established the third church at the Castle around 925 - Rotunda of St. Vitus. He did so because he received a precious relic as a gift from the Saxon Emperor Henry I the Fowler - a bone from St. Vitus’ arm, which was deposited in the built rotunda. When St. Václav was murdered, the rotunda became a place of his tomb, and he himself became a patron and saint of all Czechs. His sanctuary is still here today. The third saint to whom the cathedral has been consecrated is St. Vojtěch (or Adalbert), the second Bohemian bishop, killed during a missionary journey to the Prussians at the Elbe valley. His remains were brought back in 1039 and buried in the annex building to the rotunda.

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Fabienne26-Apr-2017 19:22
C'est une magnifique cathédrale entourée de cette belle place.
Julie Oldfield15-Mar-2017 01:47
Superbly done fisheye. V
Gill Kopy14-Mar-2017 01:28
Love the fisheye effect here ! V
Johnny JAG13-Mar-2017 19:52
Love this in wide angle
Ann Cleeves13-Mar-2017 18:14
This is a brilliant shot. I know it's not easy to get the whole cathedral in shot..... well it was with my little camera!
Carter Creek13-Mar-2017 18:11
Nice wide angle view. v
Tom Munson13-Mar-2017 17:09
Nice work, Jose.
Walter Otto Koenig13-Mar-2017 15:55
Cool use of the ultra wide angle here. "V"
Frank Tran13-Mar-2017 15:54
Great choice of lens. V
Nick Paoni13-Mar-2017 14:19
The fisheye produced an amazing effect here. V
Jim Coffman13-Mar-2017 13:42
A very fine capture of this cathedral !!
Helen Betts13-Mar-2017 13:20
The wide angle distortion makes for an excellent capture of this cathedral. V.
Dwight Rankine13-Mar-2017 12:34
Well done! BV
Yvonne13-Mar-2017 10:33
Very pretty buildings... love the effect you got here Jose! v
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal13-Mar-2017 06:53
This is beautiful well done. V
Alexander Kazakov13-Mar-2017 06:46
Wonderful! V
barley2313-Mar-2017 04:51
like the new lens....I assume it's new. Great photo. I need to get to Prague someday.
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