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St. Vitus Cathedral (Chrám svatého Víta)

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St. Vitus Cathedral picture in Prague
St. Vitus Cathedral picture in Prague
St. Vitus Cathedral picture in Prague
St. Vitus Cathedral picture in Prague
St. Vitus Cathedral picture in Prague
St. Vitus Cathedral picture in Prague

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While the site of St. Vitus Cathedral dates back to about A.D. 925, the church that stands today is actually the third in honor of Saint Vitus (the patron saint of dancers, actors, comedians and epileptics). Consecrated in 1929, the cathedral features neo-Gothic stylings alongside Renaissance and baroque details. 

One of the highlights is the tomb of St. John of Nepomuk, famours for its intricate silverwork. Also, don't miss the art nouveau stained-glass window work completed by the famous Czech painter Alphonse Mucha.

The consensus among recent travelers is that St. Vitus is a must-see in Prague, with some calling it one of the most impressive cathedrals they've ever seen. But many warn of the long entry lines. Arrive early for your best shot at a shorter wait.

St. Vitus Cathedral is located within the Prague Castle complex. The cathedral is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from April to October and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. from November to March. Throughout the year, the cathedral is open to visitors on Sundays beginning at noon. Last entry is 20 minutes before closing. You can observe the inside entrance of the cathedral for free, but to tour the entire facility you'll have to pay between 250 and 350 korun (about $11 to $15.50). For more information, visit the cathedral's website

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