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Now for something completely different: La Maddalena in Rome is dedicated to St Mary Magdalene. It is situated at a very beautiful square I unfortunately failed to photograph adequately (next time!) and Rome’s only true Rococo church.

Now for something completely different: La Maddalena in Rome is dedicated to St Mary Magdalene. It is situated at a very beautiful square I unfortunately failed to photograph adequately (next time!) and Rome’s only true Rococo church.

St Michael’s, Cologne, looking back (part 2): opposite side

St Michael’s, Cologne, looking back (part 2): opposite side

St Michael’s, looking back (part 1): the organ was built in 1995 by the Sauer company. It’s partially composed of parts of the original and an English organ from 1880.

St Michael’s, looking back (part 1): the organ was built in 1995 by the Sauer company. It’s partially composed of parts of the original and an English organ from 1880.

An offering box dedicated to St Mary in St Michael’s, Cologne

An offering box dedicated to St Mary in St Michael’s, Cologne

The small southern aisle of St Michael’s, Cologne

The small southern aisle of St Michael’s, Cologne

You don’t always need big stained-glass windows: Ignaz Geitel created rather small, colourful pavement light glass windows which depict the history of creation (1960). St Michael’s, Cologne

You don’t always need big stained-glass windows: Ignaz Geitel created rather small, colourful pavement light glass windows which depict the history of creation (1960). St Michael’s, Cologne

After a long climb (Nerudova street - whew!), purchasing an entrance ticket and a photo permit (if I would have to pay each time when visiting Cologne Cathedral I would be penniless now), we finally entered St Vitus. Surprising parallels between the history of Vitus and Cologne Cathedral were awaiting us - but we will discuss this later. Vitus isn’t just a church, it’s a national monument, too, and the spirit of optimism as well as the high level of Czech artistry are still very strong here.

After a long climb (Nerudova street - whew!), purchasing an entrance ticket and a photo permit (if I would have to pay each time when visiting Cologne Cathedral I would be penniless now), we finally entered St Vitus. Surprising parallels between the history of Vitus and Cologne Cathedral were awaiting us - but we will discuss this later. Vitus isn’t just a church, it’s a national monument, too, and the spirit of optimism as well as the high level of Czech artistry are still very strong here.

This separate sanctuary within St Vitus keeps the relics of St Wenceslas. It was built by master builder Peter Parler between 1344 and 1364. The lower parts of this chapel carry gold works, equipped with gemstones, while the upper parts consist of image cycles, depicting various stations from the life of the saint. The big luster was added in the 20th century.
Unfortunately this chapel isn’t open to the public, you are only allowed to peek through the door.

This separate sanctuary within St Vitus keeps the relics of St Wenceslas. It was built by master builder Peter Parler between 1344 and 1364. The lower parts of this chapel carry gold works, equipped with gemstones, while the upper parts consist of image cycles, depicting various stations from the life of the saint. The big luster was added in the 20th century.

Unfortunately this chapel isn’t open to the public, you are only allowed to peek through the door.