St. Vitus Cathedral - Prague Castle

Pražský hrad, Praha 1

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Address:Pražský hrad, Praha 1
Capacity:700
Winter heating:Yes
Wheelchair access:Yes
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The magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral is situated in the Prague Castle complex

The cathedral was founded by the Emperor Charles IV in 1344 at the site of the former St. Vitus Basilica. While most European cathedrals were built within the city, the Cathedral of Prague grew up outside and far above the town, in the middle of the Prague Castle, which was not only the seat of rulers, but also kind of the sacred precinct with several churches.

From the beginning the cathedral was intended as a prominent feature of the Prague agglomeration. In addition, it was built with great artistic and mystical aspirations. St Vitus, St Wenceslas and St Adalbert Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Prague and the sacred place where the saints, Bohemian kings, princes and Holy Roman emperors are buried - i.e. St. Wenceslas, patron saint of the country, is buried in the Cathedral in St. Wenceslas Chapel, a masterpiece of Gothic art.

Above the chapel is situated chamber guarding the crown jewels of Bohemian kings. The coronations of the kings of Bohemia were held in the Cathedral until 1836.  The first architect Matthias of Arras, who was called by Charles IV from Avignon, mediated the model of the French cathedral architecture. Matthias´s successor, genius Petr Parléř, gived to the cathedral and its sculptural decoration features of artistic excellence.

After the death of Charles IV the building was suspended and the cathedral remained a torso. The construction was not completed until the beginning of the 20th century, when the western part was completed and decorated by leading artists of the era (V. Sucharda, A. Mucha etc.). The St. Vitus Cathedral is an excellent example of Gothic architecture and masterpiece of art.

How to get there: 

  • Walking distance from Via Musica shop on Old Town Square
    60 min, we suggest to use public transport
  • Accessibility by Prague public transport:
    metro A (green line) - Malostranská station
    tram 2, 12, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23 - Malostranská stop or
    tram 22, 23 -  Pražský hrad stop
  • Nearest car parking:
    Malostranské náměstí

Please note:

We recommend to arrive 40 minutes before the concert because of the security check-in spots within the Prague Castle area.

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We offer group discounts

Are you a group of 10+ people? Do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to negotiate the best price for you. Simply choose the event and we will take care of the rest.

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