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Litoměřice: St. Stephen Cathedral

 
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In the year 1057, Duke Spytihněv II originated the chapter with a Romanesque basilica on Dómský hill.The basilica was later rebuilt in the Gothic style.The founding documents of Litoměřiceare well-preserved in their originals and have been placed in the archives.

After founding the bishopric in the year 1655, the original church was rebuilt into a bishop’s residence for his needs with St. Stephen Cathedral.  

It was a Baroque three-aisle church.Above the entrance portal is a niche with a statue of St.Stephen (from the year 1700); the entrance portal has the sign of bishop Schleinitze.On the sides of the portal stand the statues of St.Felix and St.Victoria. The interior of the cathedral is abundantly decorated.

Today’s tower was built in place of a bell tower toward the end of the 19th century.The tower is accessible during the season and offers a beautiful view; it is joined with the cathedral by a connecting archway.  

We can find a whole range of other sacral monuments in Litoměřice.


 

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Added: 02.01.2010
 
 
 

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