Loreto was conceived to promote the legend of Santa Casa, a copy of the house believed to be the Virgin Mary's.
Construction of the Prague Loreto Santa Casa began on 3 June 1626. The project was financed by a noblewoman of the Lobkowitz family. It took more than a century to be completed.
The Loreto arose gradually over the course of the 17th and 18th centuries. Between 1722 and 1737 the church of the Nativity of Our Lord was built on the site of the older St. Anne Chapel.
The interiors were partly renovated in the 19th century. In the 1950s and 1960s a new treasury was built accessible to the public.
Capuchin monks take care of the Loretto and also the pilgrims since its foundation. Their monastery with the Church of Our Lady is found right next door and connected to the Loretto by a roofed suspension corridor.
First sighting of "Our Lady of Loreto" really made me stop and take a good look at this beautiful building before me. My husband was waiting for me, and time was going fast, so I gave seeing the inside of this Church as miss! I was getting a little "churched" out too!
From what I have read, the inside is worth seeing, even though the interior is called "humble," compared to the decorated outside, with its stucco bas-reliefs that represent scenes from the life of the Virgin. I liked all the little Cherub's that lined the low fence by the Church. Our Lady of Loreto is also renowned for its carillon, with its thirty bells that ring every hour, playing a very old anthem to the Virgin.
A good sized courtyard surrounds the Church, and there is an upper level where I had to go and try take a photo of the whole building!
There is an entrance & photography fee.
How to get there:
Tramway: line 22, stop “Pohoøelec”.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 12:15pm and from 1pm to 4:30pm.
The Loreto is one of the country's most important pilgrimage sites. Commissioned by Katerina Lobkowicz, this Catholic cloister dates back to 1626, and its center piece is the Santa Casa - the sacred house of the Virgin Mary - a replica of the house where Mary lived when she was told she would give birth to Jesus. It lies at the center of the Loreto's courtyard, and the beautiful cloisters that surround the Santa Casa were completed in 1661 to accommodate the Loreto's numerous pilgrims. Its lovely ornate arcades feature several small chapels along with a church that was completed in the 18th century. On the second floor, visitors can also see the cloister's treasury.
This sanctuary is one of my favourite places in Prague. It has a peaceful atmosphere, seemingly far away from the troubles of this world. The Casa Santa, the actual sanctuary, was built 1626-31 by Giovanni Battista Orsi and is decorated with absolutely beautiful stucco works. It is surrounded by cloisters. On their upper floor you have access to an amazing display of religious works of art. The Baroque church is also worth a visit.
Admission fee is 110 CZK. Since June 2010 taking photos is allowed - the fee is 100 CZK. No tripod, no flash.
I didn't have my map with me so I mistook this convent (also referred to as Loretto) a little uphill from the Prague Castle for the Strahov Monastery. Unfortunately I didn't have time to go inside Strahov Monastery so this would have to do. The tour, which can be completed in 15 minutes, takes you through the interior of the courtyard and the somewhat modest treasury located on the 2nd floor. In the center of the yard is a copy of the home of the Virgin Mary in Nazareth. Unfortunately no photos are allowed inside.
The beautiful Loreta church is an important pilgrimage site, commissioned by Baroness Beligna Katherina von Lobkowicz in 1626.
After completion, Loreta was maintained by the Capuchins, an order connected with the St. Francis of Assisi's Brotherhood.
This historical building was created to promote the legend of Santa Casa, a copy of the house believed to be the Virgin Mary's. This Santa Casa copy, complete with original fresco pieces and the statue of Our Lady of Loreta, sits in a delightful courtyard surrounded by chapel-lined arcades.
Loretto is located close to the castle so you can combine your castle visit together with Loretto. The baroque style sanctuary houses a replica of Santa Casa. There is also a treasury section on the upper level. The admission fee is 100 CZK, but you have to pay extra for photography.
I must admit that the concept of the Loreto is a strange beast. A church, I guess, has a replica of the Santa Casa in Loreto. For what it is, it is quite a complex. For reasons known only to those that gave, it has quite a treasury and gold, jewels,
The Prague well-known monastery was built in 1626 baroque style, later a few times reconstructed in 17 – 18th centuries. Loreto designed almost as a copy of Italian Santa Casa. It is pilgrimage site of Prague together with Strahov monastery and Church of Our Lady of Victory.
Monastery church, having 27 bells, every hour plays the Maryan song “We Greet You a Thousand Times”. Inside monastery Loreto treasure is presented; one of most valuable things is monstrance with 6222 diamonds.
I had a chance to listen Maryan song here when walking and taking photos at sunny day.
The Loreto was built in 1626, and was an important place of pilgrimage. It was commissioned by Katerina of Lobkowicz; she was a Czech aristocrat who wanted to promote the legend of Santa Casa of Loreto. In the heart of the complex lies a replica of the Santa Casa, which legend has was the home of the Virgin Mary.
The most celebrated pilgrimage site in all of the Czech Republic, the Loreto was built in the 17th century under Katerina of Lobkowicz. This was just after the Battle of White Mountain, where thousands of Czech Protestants went over to the Catholic side.
The Baroque bell tower has 30 bells that play on the hour. Inside is a replica of the Santa Casa, where the Virgin Mary was told that she would give birth to Jesus. Also, the Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows contains a 15th century Italian Pieta by V. Rincolini, donated in 1687.
Loreta church is a typical Baroque building. It was built during Thirty years war to re-establish Catholic Church in Czechia. The church symbolize Birth of Jesus and there is a house called Saint hut, reminds Our Lady's house in Nazareth.
The main interest is always Prague sun, a rare decoration made by 6000 diamonds. Every hour you will hear nice bell peal.
The Loretto complex was built around the 'Casa Santa' in the 17th century, and has been the place of pilgrimage ever since.
The large bell-tower contains the diamond carillon of 27 bells, aka the Prague Sun, weighing over 12 kilos and embellished with more than 6,000 diamonds.
To the center of the sanctuary there is the Saint House decorated with plasters and reliefs that withdraw the prophets and scenes of the life of the Virgo, works of Italian artists. Around the Saint House there is the cloister of the 17th century with nice frescos.
On the entrance of the sanctuary you can see the statues of the saints Joseph and John The Baptist realized by Ondrej Quitainer.
In the Baroque bell tower there is a carillon of 30 bells created between 1691 and 1694 by Claudy Fremy in Amsterdam.