Basilica of St. Peter and Paul

Prague, Czech Republic

The Basilica of St Peter and St Paul is a neo-Gothic church in Vyšehrad fortress. Originally founded in 1070-1080 by the Czech King Vratislav II, the Romanesque basilica suffered a fire in the year 1249 and has been rebuilt in Gothic and later in neo-Gothic style. The basilica features an impressive stone mosaic above its entry, and its twin 58 m towers can be seen atop a hill to the south from along the Vltava River in central Prague.

The current building itself is a neo-Gothic basilica constructed between 1885 and 1903. The main part of the church consists of a nave with two side aisles; a large choir, sanctuary and apse; and two side rooms which hold a sacristy and a chapel for Panna Maria Šancovská Our Lady of the Ramparts.

History is the dominant element thematically of the interior décor; the history of art, Christianity and the Czech lands are all aspects of the decoration. As a piece of art history the church is something of an exhibition of Gothic, art nouveau and even Baroque pieces.

Along with the design of the building the main altar, the pulpit, and all the smaller altars in the side chapels are neo Gothic as well. They are intricately carved with mini-spires and tracery throughout. Even the organ which sits above the entrance has hollow spires matching those of the western towers. In addition, each chapel contains Gothic revival paintings. The theme of the stained glass windows is the history of Gothic architecture; each window portrays Jesus before a different Gothic or neo-Gothic church. Completing the tribute to the Gothic style is a large fresco at the eastern end of the northern aisle of the first Gothic church to stand on the spot.

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Founded: 1885-1903
Category: Religious sites in Czech Republic

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Mel C (7 months ago)
Beautiful and peaceful here. Not many visitors today despite being a valentine’s day and Saint Valentines’ shoulder blade is being displayed here.
Chris Bing (8 months ago)
Really pretty church. A nice surprise up at the Vysehrad castle. Optional donation only.
Radu (9 months ago)
A very beautiful cathedral full of impressive stained glass. It is very big and the inner artwork is incredible. It is definitely worth to see and as a treat, after you visit it go check the belvedere points that are situated close by.
Makki 9313 (10 months ago)
Outstanding piece of architecture. You need to pay small entrance fee but beautiful stained-glass windows, sculptures and overall atmosphere are all worth it. Old cemetery surrounding the Basilica is also a mandatory stop.
Michael Romero (14 months ago)
Beautiful church. I only visited from the outside but the doors are so bright and beautiful. The position of the church on a hill provides such great views of the city which should not be overlooked. The church is like a mini saint Vitus. Don’t miss the cemetery behind the church it’s a hidden gem.
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