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In the shadows of these accessible cathedrals

Notre Dame Cathedral had to resist the fire, but despite the big scars it survived. We have some tips for you to go for majestic buildings around the world.

 

Cathedral of st. Vítus, Czech Republic

Cathedral of st. Vitus is the first of its kind in Bohemia. On the site of the original rotund, which was built by Count Wenceslas, subsequently a basilica was built. However, the contructions plans did not end there. During the reign of John of Luxembourg, the foundation stone of the Gothic cathedral was laid and the building was supervised by Charles IV. The truth is, however, that the proces of building it and finishing it lasted for centuries due to historical and political circumstances. In addition to worship, the coronations of eminent monarchs and rulers were held here. They have deposited the remains of many of them inside. In 1368 a special chamber for crown jewels was established. It was surprisingly consecrated very late in 1929.

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Wheelchair access. The dominant building at Prague Castle. It is a three-aisled Gothic cathedral with three towers and a seat of the Archbishop of Prague.

Cathedral of St. Stephen, Austria

It is an important Austrian building and at the same time a symbol of Vienna, which is also called Stephansdom. For numerologists, this bishop and then archbishop's church is certainly an important place. Numbers three and four are of great importance in its dimensions.

User Milan has shared about this unique building at Disway:

This cathedral in Vienna is wheelchair accessible - ie the church nave, the main and both side chapels. Audioguides are available. Both towers, catacombs and organ spaces remain inaccessible to wheelchair users.

Duomo di Milano, Italy

The Cathedral (Duomo di Milano) in north-Italian Lombardy is the largest Gothic building in Italy.

Have you ever admired the photos of the cathedral and would you like to visit it? Just go... and visit Duomo Ticket Office in the square near the cathedral. Disabled tourists can enjoy its beauty, the wheelchair user and his companion do not pay anything.

Notice the magnificent marble exterior. There is more than 130 spires and the biggest of them goes up to a height of 108 m. At its peak is Madonna, looking down at the modern city of Milan.

The ground plan of the cathedral has the shape of a cross. The main entrance and the internal spaces with side isles are barrier-free. You can also enter the side entrance, where you can use the ramp. The interior is somewhat dark even though the dome is decorated with one of the largest stained-glass windows in the world. Do not forget to check the bronze door with scenes from the life of St. Mary and a unique sundial, where the ray of sun appears exactly at noon.

The treasury nor the crypt of Carlo Borromeo are not accessible. Instead, take the elevator to the terrace on the cathedral roof. When there´s good visibility, you can see the Alps, sometimes the famous Matterhorn. The wheelchair can get to the back of the terrace. The best time to enjoy a beautiful view is at sunset.

There are many interesting places and attractions in Milan, but you must not miss this beautiful cathedral.

Grace Cathedral, USA

The cathedral look ordinary on the outside, but has a unique charm inside. It is known thanks to the so-called "Gates of Paradise", which is the golden entrance door. The exact replica of the door of Battisterio di San Giovanni in Florence. You can see scenes from the Old Testament. Unfortunately, at the time we visited Grace with my mom, the door was just being restored. Two amazing labyrinths caught our attention; one outside, the other inside on the floor.

Entrance to the cathedral can confuse you; at first glance there are many steps, but you do not have to worry, America is always thinking of wheelchair users. There is a ramp going down around the building to the entrance. You walk past Peete's café, to the elevator, and you are inside. They also have a nice souvenir shop. I think it would be a shame to miss this gem when visiting San Francisco.

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