The history of the metropolitan chapter dates back to 973, when it was established as a group of
priests. That makes it the oldest legal entity with continuous activity in the Czech lands. The
chapter’s size, importance and role have changed in the course of history, but its mission remained
– the organization of ceremonial services and management of the St. Vitus rotunda, that later
became a basilica and eventually the St. Vitus, Wenceslas and Vojtěch cathedral.