Category: gothic

Cathedral Church of Saint Vitus

Cathedral Church of Saint Vitus

Founded on 21 November 1344, Saint Vitus’s Cathedral in Prague Castle is the work of generations of master builders. The east end (to the right of this picture) was built by the French architect Matthew...

Karlův Most: Charles Bridge

Karlův Most: Charles Bridge

In 1170, King Vladislav II of Bohemia commissioned a stone bridge connecting the Old Town and Malá Strana. Built just downstream of the present structure, the surviving buttress of the former bridge can still be...

Ke Karlovu 453/1: Church of Our Lady and Charlemagne

Ke Karlovu 453/1: Church of Our Lady and Charlemagne

The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Charlemagne was constructed by the great gothic architect Matthew of Arras in 1351 on an escarpment overlooking the Botič Valley; its octagonal ground plan...

Church of Our Lady before Týn

Church of Our Lady before Týn

Close to the mediaeval merchants’ courtyard known as the ‘Týn’ (the word comes from the same root as the English word ‘town’), the gothic masterpiece of the Church of Our Lady dominates the Eastern side...

Cathedral of Saint Vitus: South Tower and Golden Gate

Cathedral of Saint Vitus: South Tower and Golden Gate

The south range of the Cathedral of Saint Vitus in Prague Castle is dominated by the so-called Golden Gate (Zlatá Brána). This ceremonial facade, commissioned by Charles IV in 1370, is covered in a priceless...

Staroměstské náměstí 605/13: House of the Stone Bell

Staroměstské náměstí 605/13: House of the Stone Bell

One of the earliest surviving domestic residences in the city is the exquisite Dům u kamenného zvonu (House of the Stone Bell) in the Old Town Square. The building’s name derives from the bell carved...