Gargoyle of the Day · Gargoyles

Gargoyle of the Day: St. Vitus, Prague

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Gargoyle on St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic. Photo by Grufnik via Flickr (creative commons license)

The rooster is one of early Italian St. Vitus’s attributes, so it’s quite fitting that a rooster gargoyle can be found on his beautiful Gothic church in Prague. Some people think that this figure depicts an eagle. I disagree, but I can understand how one might come to that conclusion without knowing about the saint’s association to the rooster. St. Vitus is popular in Prague, and the church, located within the ground of Prague Castle, is the city’s cathedral.

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Gargoyle on St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic. By Ralf Roletschek / fahrradmonteur.de (Own work) [FAL or GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

 

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