Matěj Rejsek or Matthias Rejsek (around 1445, Prostějov - 1 July 1506, Kutná Hora)[1] was a Czech stonemason, sculptor, builder and architect of the Late Gothic style.[2]


Powder Tower in Prague.
The presbytery of St. Barbara's Church in Kutná Hora from 1499.
Pulpit in the church in Kaňk (Kutná Hora) from 1504.

Matěj Rejsek was born probably in 1445 in Prostějov (either in Bohemian Prostějov or in Moravian Prostějov). As a young man he came to Prague to study at the Faculty of Arts at the Charles University in Prague. He finished his studies in 1469 as a bachelor and became the rector and teacher at the parish school of the Church of Our Lady before Týn in the Old Town of Prague.

He built some houses in Prague.[1] One of his most famous works is the Powder Tower which was built as a representative gate of the Old Town of Prague after 1475. Matěj Rejsek became the main builder of the tower in 1478.[3] His work was inspired by Petr Parler's work.[4]

In 1489 he moved to Kutná Hora where he worked at the completion of the St. Barbara's Church. Rejsek began to build the outer supporting system, triforium and vaulting. The net vault of the presbytery was completed in 1499.[5]

He died on 1 July 1506 in Kutná Hora and was buried in the St. Barbara's Church.[1]


Probably created by Matěj Rejsek:


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Matěj (Matyáš) Rejsek". České mince.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rejsek Matěj also Raysek". Královská cesta (The Royal Route in Prague). Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Powder Tower". Královská cesta (The Royal Route in Prague). Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Všeobecná encyklopedie v osmi svazcích 6 (in Czech) (Vyd. 1. ed.). Praha: Diderot. 1999. p. 377. ISBN 80-902555-8-2. 
  5. ^ Štroblová, Helena. "Cathedral of St. Barbara". Kutná Hora. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Týn Church". Královská cesta (The Royal Route in Prague). Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Štroblová, Helena. "Stone fountain". Kutná Hora. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 


  • Michaela OTTOVÁ: Pod ochranou Krista Spasitele a svaté Barbory. Sochařská výzdoba kostela sv. Barbory v Kutné Hoře (1483-1499). Praha 2010