St. Vitus Cathedral (Chrám svatého Víta)
- Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Fodor's says, "With its graceful, soaring towers, this Gothic cathedral -- among the most beautiful in Europe -- is the spiritual heart of Prague Castle and of the Czech Republic itself." While a church in honor of St. Vitus (the patron saint of dancers, actors, comedians and epileptics) has existed on this site in one form or another for more than a thousand years, the cathedral as we know it today was not completed until the early 20th century.
One of the highlights is the tomb of St. John of Nepomuk, with its intricate silverwork. Also, don't miss the Art Nouveau stained glass window work completed by the famous Czech painter Alfons Mucha.
The consensus among recent travelers is that St. Vitus is a must-see in Prague, but many warn of the long lines to enter. Arrive early for your best shot at a shorter wait.
St. Vitus Cathedral is located within the Prague Castle complex. Opening hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from March to October and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. from November to February.