Matyáš z Arrasu

* probably 1290 (Arras, France), †1352 (Prague)

French architect, builder and stone mason, representative of post-classical Gothic style. He probably worked in Avignon in Pope´s service and in 1344 Charles IV put him in charge of building a newly found St.Vitus Cathedral at the Prague Castle. While designing the cathedral, Matthias was inspired by cathedrals in Rodez and Narbonne in the south of France and before his death he managed to build the eastern part of the choir with arcades and five pentagonal chapels. He cooperated on projects for the New Town, Týn Church and probably also Karlštejn castle. A goup of craftsmen from Matthias´ masonry workshop joined the workshop of his successor Petr Parléř after his death.


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