St. Vitus Church (Český Krumlov)

Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

St. Vitus Church (Český Krumlov)

St. Vitus Church in Český Krumlov, Czech Republic, is an important late-Gothic monument from 1407–1438, with later modifications. In 1995 it was declared a National Cultural Monument of the Czech Republic.

The history and development of the church are inherently connected with the two noble families - the Rosenbergs and the Schwarzenbergs, who made Český Krumlov their settlement town and the church of St. Vitus thus represented the main sanctuary of the Rosenberg dominion and the Duchy of Krumlov. The church was rebuilt several times during the rule of the Eggenbergs. The first church built at its present location was founded in 1309. The first presbytery was built in 1317 by Peter I of Rosenberg and in 1340 it was rebuilt under the leadership of Master Linhart. However, the main and monumental reconstruction was initiated during the reign of Rosenberg Henry III. Indeed, the original church was not able to accommodate enough believers of the ever-growing settlement town, and it was, therefore, necessary to build a new church. The current building dates back to 1407 to 1438, while the foundations of the original church were used and, for example, the nave masonry dates back to the second half of the 14th century. We know from the preserved contract between the pastor Hostislav and Master Jan that it was explicitly stated that eight columns should be used to support sexpartite vaulting according to the pattern of the church of Sts. Jiljí in Milevsko and the net vault inspired the cathedral of St. Vitus in Prague by Petr Parléř. Although Master Jan Staněk, a member of the Prague Stonemason Family, started the construction, he did not continue to participate in it for unknown reasons. The new church was consecrated by the Passau bishop Leonard von Laiming in 1439.

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