St Vitus Cathedral
The Prague Castle is the best known and the most photographed landmark of Prague, but if the Saint Vitus Cathedral was suddenly demolished, you would probably not recognize the Prague Castle without it. St. Vitus Cathedral is the most distinctive feature of Prague panorama. The full official name of the church is St. Vitus, St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert Cathedral (Katedrala svateho Vita, Vaclava a Vojtecha in Czech).
The Greatest Church in the Czech Republic
St. Vitus Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Prague and the most important church in the Czech Republic. However, its role reaches far beyond the Roman Catholic Church, as its location within the Prague Castle suggests. Some of the greatest Czech Kings and Holy Roman Emperors are buried in St. Vitus Cathedral.
St. Vitus Cathedral as Inspiration for Europe
Saint Vitus Cathedral in Prague is also one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Europe. It has influenced the looks of cathedrals and churches across Europe, though it was entirely completed itself only in 1929, almost 600 years after the cornerstone of today’s Gothic cathedral was laid by the future King and Emperor Karel IV and his father King Jan Lucembursky on 21 November 1344.