Detail of the St. Vitus Golden gate mosaic / Detail mozaiky na Zlaté bráne svatovítské - Prague Castle (Prague)
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Quick Description: This Czechoslovak post stamp issued in 1968, from series devoted to Prague Castle (Pražský hrad), depicts detail of the famous medieval Last Judgement mosaic which decorates so called Golden gate of the St. Vitus Cathedral.
Location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Date Posted: 3/19/2015 12:29:02 PM
Waymark Code: WMNHRA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:

This Czechoslovak post stamp issued in 1968, from series devoted to Prague Castle (Pražský hrad), depicts detail of the famous medieval Last Judgement mosaic which decorates so called Golden gate of the St. Vitus Cathedral. The detail, depicted on the stamp, is head of one apostles from Apostles choir located in the left upper part of the mosaic.

The St. Vitus Cathedral mosaic encompasses 84 square meters (904 square feet) and depicts the Last Judgment in triptych form. It was completed in 1371 at the request of Charles IV, king of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, who, during his reign, made Prague the empire's center of power, religion, and knowledge.

In the mosaic's center panel is the figure of Christ surrounded by angels; kneeling beneath them are the figures of six saints of the Czech lands. On the triptych's two side panels are images of heaven and hell. Thirty-one shades of colored glass, plus gilded tesserae, can be found in the approximately one million glass pieces that compose the mosaic. Originally, the entire background of the mosaic was gilded, hence the name of the southern portal of the cathedral - The Golden Gate.

The once-brilliantly colored and gilged mosaic is considered to be one of the most significant cultural heritage objects of the Czech Republic. It is the most important medieval mosaic North of the Alps and is of outstanding importance for its art history value, historical significance and scale of its technical execution. The mosaic has been restored to its former glory in 2000.

Stamp Issuing Country: Czechoslovakia

Date of Issue: May 9, 1968

Denomination: 5 Kčs (Czechoslovak crowns)

Color: multicolored

Stamp Type: Single Stamp

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