Sunday, 21 November 2010

Rose Window, Church of St Ludmila

Tomorrow is the birthday of Josef Mocker, the Prague architect whose dazzling reconstructive work can be seen in the West End of St Vitus's Cathedral in Prague Castle, as well as numerous other famous buildings including the cathedral church at Vyšehrad, Karlštejn Castle, and Charles University.

This week is also the anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of one of his most inspiring original achievements, the neo-Gothic church of St Ludmila in Vinohrady, whose rose window we see here reflecting the winter sunlight.

Begun in 1888, the church took four years to build, and played an active role in the spiritual life of Vinohrady until the advent of Communism, when priests were debarred from working and often ended up in prison, working in factories, or - like the cardinal of Prague - as a window-cleaner (not this window, presumably). In 1974 St Ludmila was shut completely during the construction of a major hub of the Prague underground system at Náměstí Míru.

Since the revolution of 1989, churches have been open again for worship - and St Ludmila still attracts a good Sunday congregation, despite the fact that (in contrast to neighbouring Poland) fewer than one fifth of present-day Czechs say they believe in God, or indeed a god of any kind.

2 comments:

Birdman said...

Nice composition on this window shot. Like how you sliced the window.

Karin said...

Enjoyed a lovely Christmas concert here in 2009. I like this church. I like it's name. I like seeing it when coming out of the metro. I love the Christmas market there. Thanks for the photo....it made me happy.

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