Monday, November 5, 2012

The Gargoyles of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague

St. Vitus Cathedral sits atop Castle Hill in Prague. The Gothic structure dominates the Prague skyline and is often thought to be Prague Castle itself, but technically it's just one of the many buildings inside the Prague Castle complex. Cathedral construction began under the rule Charles IV in 1344, designed by French architect Matthias of Arras, then German architect Peter Parler. It took six centuries to complete.

It was a stormy October day when I walked across the Charles Bridge and up to the Prague Castle complex. A perfect day for visiting the gargoyles perched high on the cathedral.



  1. Gigi, you take the most fantastic pictures of gargoyles I have ever seen! I love coming to your blog and experiencing the world through your eyes. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Question: why are some of them all mottled looking?

  2. Thanks, Rachel. Gargoyles are carved out of different materials, and some survive unscathed better than others. I'm not sure what these ones were carved out of, but they're true gargoyles -- functional water spouts -- that get a lot of use.