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Prague Sights

Loreta (Loreto Church)

  • Loretánské nám. 7 Map It
  • Hradčany
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 10/07/2013

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The seductive lines of this church were a conscious move on the part of Counter-Reformation Jesuits in the 17th century, who wanted to build up the cult of Mary and attract Protestant Bohemians back to the fold. According to legend, angels had carried Mary's house from Nazareth and dropped it in a patch of laurel trees in Ancona, Italy. Known as Loreto (from the Latin for laurel), it immediately became a destination of pilgrimage. The Prague Loreto was one of many

symbolic reenactments of this scene across Europe, and it worked: Pilgrims came in droves. The graceful façade, with its voluptuous tower, was built in 1720 by the ubiquitous Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer, the architect of the two St. Nicholas churches in Prague. A small exhibition upstairs displays the religious treasures presented to Mary in thanks for various services, including a monstrance (a vessel for the consecrated Eucharist) spectacularly studded with 6,500 diamonds.

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Sight Information

Address:

Loretánské nám. 7, Prague, Bohemia, 118 00, Czech Republic

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Phone:

/220–516–740

Website: www.loreta.cz

Sight Details:

  • 130 Kč
  • Tues.–Sun. 9–12:15 and 1–5

Updated 10/07/2013

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Oct 7, 2014

completely underrated

Most foreigners simply pass the monastery by, on their way to Prague Castle. Don't make the same mistake. Loreta is a jewel, one of the most memorable sights in a very memorable city. The monastery has it all: beautiful architecture, lovely chapels, jewels, and some very strange stories.

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