Tagged: Matěj Rejsek

Born in 1445, Matyas Rejsek was a teacher and administrator at the Týn School before entering the guild of stonemasons in 1478. Following the success of his work on the Prague gatehouse known today as the Powder Tower, he was drafted to the nearby silver-mining city of Kutná Hora. where from 1489 he worked on the cathedral of Saint Barbora,

Prašná brána (Powder Tower)

Prašná brána (Powder Tower)

For many years, the eastern wall of the city was guarded by an imposing gatehouse on the road leading to the royal mint at Kutná Hora. In time, it came to form the entrance to the city for...

Prague Castle: Vladislav Hall

Prague Castle: Vladislav Hall

Commissioned by the Jagellon king Vladislav II, this palatial hall was constructed within the walls of Prague Castle between 1485 and 1502. Designed by the master-builder Benedikt Rejt, the hall was used principally for ceremony and entertainment. Together...

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 of Prague’s Old...

Vejvodova 445/1

Vejvodova 445/1

‘Dante Deo nihil nocet invidia, et eo non dante, nihil iuvat labor’ (‘With God’s grace, envy brings no pain; without His grace, all toil’s in vain’); ‘An Gottes Segen ist alles gelegen’ (‘Upon God’s blessing all depends’) AD...