Re: Re: reordering and destruction of irish cathedrals and churches
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I am glad to have Peter Parler’s assurances about his Prague masterpiece – the Vitusdom. I posted the photograph in the first place because I am told that the consultancy firm McCutcheon-Mulcahy, who are promoting the wreckage of Cobh Cathedral, are claiming that the sanctuary of the Vitusdom has been re-ordered and brough forward in the same way that the great Professor O’Neill plans to extend the sanctuary in Cobh into the nave. Not having been in Prague for some years, I was not too sure about that claim but am heartened to see from the recent photographs that have been posted that all is still intact in Prague. What McCutcheon Mulcahy do not seem to realize is that if you extend the sanctuary in Prague, you will have to remove the mausoleum of the Emperors Ferdinand and Rudolf which is bang in the middle of sanctuary. Indeed, a new temporary altar has been set up in the sanctuary – but the problem about using it that you cannot see over the mausoleum and anybody behind it cannot see anyone at the new altar. If you were to extend the sanctuary into the nave, you would require a runway of about 150 feet. The peculariaties of the Vitusdom are explained by the history of its building. The medieval part of this vast church consists only of the Chancel. The building of the cathedral was overtaken by the wars of religion in 15th century. This resulted in the abandonemnt of the building process. A wall was build across the west end of the Chancel leaving one with lÃ²ittle more than an enormous sanctuary. When the Emperors Ferdinand I Mathias and Rudolf died Bohemia was in turmoil. In the 20th. century, a decision was taken to complete the Vitusdom by building the nave. The work was completed by 1928 and the wall screening off the Chancel was taekn down to reveal the imperial mausoleum right in the middle of the Chancel before the High Altar. The Mosoleum, by Alexander Collin, was built between 1566 and 1589.