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ST. VITUS’ CATHEDRAL, PRAGUE CASTLE

ST. VITUS’ CATHEDRAL, PRAGUE CASTLE
Prague, Czech Republic
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BACKGROUND

Since its founding in 925 by Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia, the site of St. Vitus’ Cathedral has been the burial place of Czech rulers. During the fourteenth century, the tenth-century structure was rebuilt. In December of 1373, by order of the emperor and King Charles IV, the remains buried in old St. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In 2000, WMF, with support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, assisted authorities at Prague Castle with conservation efforts at St. Vitus’ Cathedral with specific attention paid to the needs of the tombs of Bretislaus II and Borivoj II. While the studies found the tomb of Bretislaus II to be in relatively stable condition, the tomb of Borivoj II was in need of emergency restorations.

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WHY IT MATTERS

St. Vitus’ Cathedral is one of the most important architectural monuments in the Czech capital and a dominant presence in the precinct of Prague Castle. The two tombs conserved in this project are notable products of the workshop of Peter Parler and as such are significant monuments in the cathedral. (...)