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St Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála svateho Víta), Prague

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Contact: +420 2 2171 4444
Open Hours: Nov-Mar: M-Sa 9a-4p, Su noon-4p; Apr-Oct: M-Sa 9a-6p, Su noon-5p
Rising up from the center of the castle grounds, the Gothic cathedral dominates the Prague skyline and is one of the defining images of the city and its tourist center. The cathedral houses a number of valuable monuments, including the Royal Crypt wherein lies the remains of Czech Royalty, the St Wenceslas Chapel, and the Coronation Chamber where the Crown Jewels are exhibited. The cathedral's foundation stone was laid in 1344 on the initiative of Charles IV (1316-1378) on the site of an earlier 10th Century rotunda dedicated to St Vitus. It was not until 1929 that the cathedral was actually completed. Entrance to the cathedral is free, although there are discreetly placed collection boxes. A charge is made for entrance to the crypt and other attractions.