|Front exterior of St. Vitus Cathedral|
|Western door of the cathedral|
The nave is large and spacious. It is lined with many side altars dedicated to various saints.
|Gate to one of the side altars|
|Windy stairs we couldn't go up, alas!|
The stained glass dates from various periods from the 1400s to the 1900s.
|Stained glass judgment|
|More glorious stained glass|
The exterior also has many fine works, including the bridge from the Royal Palace. The Golden Gate on the south doorway has an excellent mosaic of the Last Judgment.
|Royal Bridge to the cathedral|
|A great statue near the Golden Gate|
|The south tower|
Who was St. Vitus?
St. Vitus was a Christian from Sicily in the early 300s. He was martyred under the reign of Diocletian and Maximillian. Legend states that he was thrown into a vat of boiling oil but escaped unharmed. His relics wound up in the German abbey of Corvey. In 956, the German King Henry I made a gift of the bones from one of the saint's hands to Wenceslaus, Duke of Bohemia. Those relics are enshrined in St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague. The saint is invoked against epilepsy (because of the associated "St. Vitus' Dance") and his feast day is June 15.