St. Vitus Cathedral services

Discussion in 'Travel Tips & Advice' started by kitty46, Feb 17, 2007.

  1. kitty46

    kitty46 Well-Known Member

    Hello, based on what I can find, it appears there are church services at St. Vitus on Sundays at 8,9:30, 11:00 a.m., and 5p.m. Does anyone know if this is correct, and is it o.k. for a tourist to go? (to worship, not to gawk)? Thank you
  2. Karel_lerak

    Karel_lerak Well-Known Member

    You have probably found it at this web site, so it is nothing new to you. The hottest new is, that the cathedral should be again in the ownership of the state and not of the church (according to a new supreme court decision).

    The actual church services timetable you can find here
    There should be no problems to visit the church to worship at the time of services (don't take photos, don't ramble around :))
  3. kitty46

    kitty46 Well-Known Member

    thank you. the first web site looks like the one I was at. I do not read Czech. The second site appears to be a schedule of many churches. is there one in English (schedule) anywhere? What is the significance of the cathedral belonging to the State, instead of to the church? Are there any other churches/cathedrals in particular that you would recommend for their beauty, architecture, awesomeness etc.? Thank you
  4. Karel_lerak

    Karel_lerak Well-Known Member

    I don't know about an English schedule.

    There is long going trial (14 years) between the state and (Roman Catholic) church about the ownership of the St. Vít , St. Václav and St. Vojtěch Cathedral.
    There are many disputes about the question to whom the cathedral should belong. Last year the City Court of Prague assigned the ownership to the church, which immediately started to ask an entry fee. The newest Supreme Court decision invalidates the decision of City Court, but does not definitely solve the question of ownership, which means that the trial continues.

    It is really difficult to name just a few beautiful cathedrals or churches not only in Prague, but in whole Czechia.
    Thera are not only christian churches, but Jewish synagogas, monasteries etc.
    There are in different styles: ancient roman, gothic, baroque,...
    In Prague: 2x Saint Nicolas, st. Ignacius, st. Jacob, st. Mary under Thein, ....
    Kutná Hora: St. Barbara
    and many others.
    Unfortunately, many of them are open on the time of services only.
  5. kitty46

    kitty46 Well-Known Member

    That is most interesting. I think others will think so, also. I had never thought of who "owned" it. Sounds like wherever there is money involved, there is an issue. Everyone wants a piece of the pie! I am going to look up some of the others you mentioned. Thank you so much for the information.
  6. SFox

    SFox Active Member

    The Church of Our Lady Victorious, with the Infant Jesus of Prague, offers English mass at 12oo on Sundays. That is located in the Mala Strana. I would also recommend St. Nicholas in Lesser Town near the castle, it is a beautiful church to see. St. Barbara in Kutna Hora is fabulous, although on a November day it felt like the coldest place I'd ever been!
  7. kitty46

    kitty46 Well-Known Member

    thank you...they all sound interesting. when i am walking by the cstle, i will have to look for St. Nicholas. I don't think I've seen it. Kutna Hora sounds like an interesting place to go. I haven't researched that. But a lot of things are mentioned there. I go by bus, right? Anything else I should see there? Thanks so much!
  8. kimba

    kimba Active Member

    To go to Kutna Hora, you would go by train. It is definitely a nice daytrip with a lot of interesting things to see, the cathedral, the All Saint's Church in Sedlec, and the mines, and a number of other buildings. I had a wonderful walk through town, although two of the churches I wanted to visit was closed.

    The train schedule changes daily, so check early in your trip for train departure days and times.
  9. geauxboy

    geauxboy Well-Known Member

    kimba, I am hoping you or someone else can clarify something for me. Looking at train tickets to Kutna Hora, I see (I think I see) that the price is 98 kc. I just want to be sure that I am reading this correctly. I know that travel in the Czech Rep is cheap, but this is too good to be true. Here's an example: note the bold for the price

    Praha hl.n.
    Kutná Hora hl.n.

    1 hrs 1 min, 73 km, 98,- Kc / 69,- Kc (using Z-card)
    runs daily
  10. kimba

    kimba Active Member

    Train travel is fairly inexpensive in the CR. If you buy a roundtrip ticket, you can get it for just a little more than the one way price.

    That price sounds about right. But I don't have a train schedule in front of me.
  11. kitty46

    kitty46 Well-Known Member

    thank you. I have never taken a train before. I have a couple of free days and think I will do that. It looked like the train trip was 1 hour, 1 min. is that correct? Also where do i get the ticket, where does it leave from, and how do I find the schedule. I'd like to hear more about what I can see within walking distance of the train station when I get there. Do I want to go to Sedlec, or Kunta Hora? What do those words translate to? Thanks for any help and input anyone cares to give.
  12. Karel_lerak

    Karel_lerak Well-Known Member

    The price is correct, and if you use "slow train", the cost is even lower - 88 .- Kč. The Z-card is a special card, valid for 1 year and using it you can get even lower price.

    Tere are other price allowances if you buy ticket for two or more persons, return ticket etc.
  13. Karel_lerak

    Karel_lerak Well-Known Member

    In Czechia, the train, bus, city transport time schedules you find at this page
    The tickets you get at the railway station or (with some extra charge) in the train - but ask for it ASAP the conductor (on the first ocasion you see him :) ), otherwise you may be required to pay a fine.
    For short distances you may use ticket machines (in bigger railway stations only). But in almost any railway station you find "Prodej jízdenek" counter - sell of tickets. You need to say where are you going to, which train you want to use (the price may differ) and the day of begin of travel (you have to start on the day printed on the ticket).
    For express trains you may also book the seat (obligatory in some trains).
    You may buy train ticket at each station in advance for any connection (not only from the station where you are).
  14. Karel_lerak

    Karel_lerak Well-Known Member

    This is the plan of the town Kutná Hora

    You can see the railway station Kutná Hora město.
    The main station Kutná Hora is a bit outside the center, but you can change at Kutná Hora. Wen searching the timetable give as "To:" "Kutná Hora mesto". Form Prague it takes about 2 hours.
    Walk to the information center and ask for a plan of surrounding and more information. 8)

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