Discovery of large church to shed light on early Czech religious history

Excavations at Prague’s historical Vyšehrad fort have recently revealed a large church, dating to the 11th century. The discovery of such a large building is expected to shed light on the nation’s early Christian history, and "help fill some blank spots on the map of early mediaeval Prague."

“The ground plan is extraordinarily large for the period. The church had an area of 240 square metres which was really huge. It was in fact bigger than the rotunda of St Vitus at Prague Castle which was until now considered the biggest church with a central ground plan in the regions inhabited by Western Slavs,” said Ladislav Varadzin, who believes the church was built by the Přemyslid prince Boleslav II or his grandson Břetislav I in the late 10th or early 11th century.