St.Vitus now in Church ownership
One of Prague's most visited tourist attractions has changed ownership. For 13 years the Roman Catholic Church sought to regain ownership of Prague's famous St. Vitus Cathedral, located in the Prague Castle compound and administered by the state. In June of this year the Prague City Court ruled that St. Vitus belongs to the Church. This week the Prague Castle Administration officially handed over its management to the Roman Catholic Church.
Everything will remain pretty much as it is. We have just restricted the non-paying space for visitors so that the front part of the cathedral -close to the main altar- is more peaceful, quieter. After all, the cathedral is a house of prayer -and must above all serve a religious purpose.
"Well, they have declared that believers will be permitted to enter free of charge but - as I see it - there will have to be a practical solution - people will be allowed in for mass free of charge and the rest of the time they will be expected to pay the entrance fee."
Although the Church has won ownership rights it nevertheless lacks the money needed to maintain St. Vitus Cathedral. The mentioned entry fee is a symbolic contribution in this respect and the Czech Catholic Church will need to ask the state to provide the necessary finances.