Gothic architecture of Prague

Prague architecture is a huge range of styles, but it is not surprising, since the city was created over many centuries. Then there are the palaces, castles, houses that embody the spirit of the Renaissance, Baroque or Romanesque style.

However, special attention should be paid to the Gothic architecture of this amazing city. Structures that were built a thousand years ago, create a unique atmosphere of Prague. It is believed that it is through architecture, the city became one of the most popular tourist centers of modern Europe. Of course, walking around Prague, be sure to visit the cathedrals built in the Gothic style.

St. Vitus Cathedral is Prague Castle. This is a real example of Gothic architecture of Prague. The Cathedral was started in 1344, but was finally completed only in 1929. As a result managed to build a magnificent building, the height of the arch is thirty-three meters. Previously all there was crowned king of Bohemia, and in the crypts of the Cathedral was buried the great rulers of Bohemia.

The Church of Saint Martin was built in the XII century. During the reign of Charles IV, the Church was rebuilt in the Gothic style. Then in 1490 held a second reconstruction, during which the Church acquired a modern look. After the devastating fire of 1678, the structure had more time to rebuild, omnicomprehensive touched only the top of the tower. Continue reading


Gothic art

It is difficult to find the right words to describe impressions

of a Gothic Cathedral. They are high and reach for the sky infinite arrows

towers and turrets, visperhof, finials, pointed arches. But more striking

not so much height. how much wealth aspects. opening when

you circle around the Cathedral.

Gothic cathedrals are not only high, but also very long: for example

has a length of 130 meters and the length of the transept is 64 meters, and to

around it is required to pass at least half a kilometer. Continue reading

The pearl of European Gothic

The idea of a unified architectural plan, which built all the Gothic churches, raised for the first time, it seems, by Victor Hugo in “Notre Dame de Paris”, right, not demanded from its author’s great analytical depth. This idea lies on the surface, obvious to anyone who visited a number of iconic buildings of Gothic architecture. Nevertheless, the impression on “all ye who enter here incoming” all of them are different, and some do not produce any. All of the people, the skeletons of which are also virtually indistinguishable from each other.

On what basis is the Prague St. Vitus Cathedral is considered one of the greatest Gothic churches in the world? For its size it will not, perhaps, in the list of the first fifty of them. Its interior decoration and especially the stained glass Windows really make a strong impression, but also their unique, after all, difficult to call. In particular, the stained glass chapel of Saint-Chapelle in Paris, at least, not worse. Then what? This question must, apparently, to meet the professionals – architects or art historians, the majority of the “uninitiated” so, the only conclusion ultra-high concentration in this structure, the basic concept of Gothic architecture: “awesome greatness”. Continue reading

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