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Church of Our Lady of the Snow
Despite this church is not so much among Prague travel guides, but it is worth to see. Actually it was planned to be the second biggest church in Czech land after St. Vitus Cathedral, but plan was not succeeded. Nowadays it is only less than half of plan executed.
It was built at 1397 and was used by Carmelitan Order. Later, from 15th century building was bit by bit damaged due to religious wars, but in 17th century reconstructed. It has tombs, where important Czechs buried. Also the altar of church is counted as biggest in the city – 29 meters high.
This important church I found walking the streets of Prague and looking for areas shown as crosses (religious objects) in map. So, there was no mention about it in travel information brochures.
Franciscan Church of Our Lady of the Snows
The Church of Our Lady of the Snows was founded in 1347 by Charles IV. The Hussite wars interrupted the works and the church remained unfinished.
It belonged to the White Friars monastery but was taken over by the Protestant Hussites. Later, the building declined and the choir arch collapsed. The Franciscans gained the monastery with the church at the beginning of the 17th century and they rebuilt the arch and the roof.
Inside the Church of Our Lady of the Snows, there is the highest columned altar in Prague. There are many valuable works of art such as Baroque paintings and sculptures of saints from the 17th century.
The Franciscan Gardens, which belonged to the monastery, are a quiet place for a short rest.
Church of Our Lady of the Snows
Intended to be the grandest church in Prague it was found by Charles IV in 1347 but only the chancel was ever completed. The church played an important part in the history of the Hussite movement. It was a Hussite stronghold. Jan Zelivsky, the Hussite firebrand, preached at the church and was buried here after his execution in 1422. In 1603, the church was restored by Franciscans. Beside the church is the Chapel of the Pasov Virgin (kaple Panny Marie Pasovske) where temporary art exhibitions are held.
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