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St. Barbara's Cathedral is the most famous architectural monument of the city of Kutna Hora, as well as the second largest and most important Gothic temple in the Czech Republic. Today the temple belongs to the most unusual buildings of this type in Central Europe. The Cathedral of St. Barbara, like most other monuments in the city, was included in the UNESCO list.
The construction of the cathedral was carried out in several stages and mainly depended on the profitability of the mines located near the city. Due to a number of dramatic historical events that took place in Kunta Gora, construction was often suspended. The construction of the temple began in 1388, and was finally completed only in 1905.
The city has always tried to compete with the capital of the Czech Republic – Prague, therefore it was no coincidence that Prague masters were invited to build the building. The first architect of the temple was Jan Parler, who was the son of Peter Parler – the creator of St. Vitus Cathedral, hence, in fact, the similarities of both cathedrals.
The vault above the choir, the completion of the triforium and many stone products that adorn the cathedral are the work of Matthias Reisek – the architect who built the Prague powder gate. Reysek's successor was B. Reith, who erected a monumental vault decorated with carved ribs.
Due to financial problems, construction was periodically suspended, and the Hussite wars stopped work altogether for more than 60 years.
Nowadays, St. Barbara's Cathedral is a wonderful textbook on the development of Czech Gothic architecture.
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Topic: Cathedral of St. Barbara in the Czech Republic, resort Kutna Hora.