Illumining the Soul at Soaring St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague
Even when traveling, we stress over wretched rail schedules; lost luggage; turning squiggles on maps to steps on sidewalks. When this happens in Prague, I stroll the cobbled uphill path to fourteenth-century St. Vitus Cathedral, giddy with carvings. Its vaulting towers, sheer verticality in tan-gold stone, eclipse all mundane concerns. I slip into the interior, hushed and holy, to be over-awed by soaring grandeur. Each shard in the intricate stained-glass windows throbs with separate life, while high arched ceilings vault over narrow partitions and wall niches frame delicate statuary. Breathing a prayer, I gaze at a huge sarcophagus, chiseled from a solid chunk of smooth, gleaming silver. And thin gray reeds of polished stone, curved to acrophobic heights, lead to a shining, spun-gold altar. My illumined spirit matches it in brightness.
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