Saint Barbara Cathedral’s Stain Glass Windows Kutna Hora

Saint Barbara Cathedral’s Stain Glass Windows Kutna Hora

Saint Barbara Cathedral’s Stain Glass Windows Kutna Hora is located in (Bohemia) in the style of a Cathedral.  It is sometimes referred to as the Cathedral of St Barbara.  It is one of the most famous Gothic churches in central Europe.  It is a UNESCO world heritage site. St Barbara is the patron saint of miners (among others). This was highly appropriate for a town whose wealth was based entirely upon its silver mines.

Construction began in 1388. Work on the church was interrupted several times. It was not completed until 1905. The first architect was probably Johann Parler, son of Peter Parler.  Work on the building was interrupted for more than 60 years during the Hussite Wars and when work resumed in 1481, Matěj Rejsek, Benedikt Rejt and Mikuláš Parler, assumed responsibility.

The original design was for a much larger church.  Perhaps twice the size of the present building. Construction depended on the prosperity of the town’s silver mines, which became much less productive.  In 1588 the three-peaked roof was completed and a provisional wall was constructed.  Later it was occupied by Jesuits who gradually changed the structure into Baroque style, though parts still remain in Gothic style.

The final process of repair and completion took place at the end of the 19th century, under architects J. Mocker and L. Labler.

Originally there were eight radial chapels with trapezoidal interiors. Later on, the choir was constructed, supported by double-arched flying buttresses.

Internal points of note are the glass windows, altars, pulpits and choir stalls. Medieval frescoes depicting the secular life of the medieval mining town and religious themes have been partially preserved.  One of the stained glass windows represents emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria and is on the left.

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