If you take Castle Hill to its westernmost extension (by now you will have seen the twin domes of the Strahov Monastery), you'll pass the Loreto shrine and Cerninsky Palace. Inside Loreto you'll find much to marvel about, but sadly too much to remember -- photography is strictly forbidden. The world famous collections of chalices and monstrances is guarded at all times.
The tour of the museum at the Loreto shrine, justly famous for its collection of chalices and monstrances, is well worth the money. Classical performances (as in so many other places) are held at Loreto regularly, though of the performances themselves I can say nothing but this: Don't try to enter without a ticket to either one, or some stiff matron will give you a glaring send-off.
You can't see so much from the picture but the exterior is very bright with the walls being creme colored and the windows outlined with a bright yellow color, the roof is orange-red and the bell tower top is green. It's worth going inside for the nice art. There are paintings, sculptures, an interesting chapel, and a treasury. Some of the priceless jewels were made in Vienna by J. Kunischbauer and M. Stegner, jewellers to the Habsburg Court.
This former place of pilgrimage with a copy of Santa Casa was built in 1626, and the Baroque Church of the Nativity of Our Lord was added in 1734-35. The facade of the front wing was rebuilt by K. I. Dienzenhofer in 172O-22. The tower contains 30 loretto bells which play the Song of Our Lady. The most valuable item of the liturgical treasury is the so-called Prague Sun, a monstrance weighing over 12 kg and embellished with 6,500 diamonds.
This shrine begun in 1626 was modeled on the Loreto shrine in Iltay. It was designed as a pilgrimage site and includes a large courtyard for pilgrims to sleep in alongside the numerous chapels
This massive shrine built in the XVIII century is located across from the grim foreign affairs ministry.
LORETA this is a very nice church on Prague castle with many small ringing bells with melodies - every hour !
This is the garden inside the church, the guard there don't allow to take photo. So, I take this snap shot. This is a beauiful sculptures in the mid of the garden.
This was probably taken in the Loretto area. As I was walking in the area.
I love seeing the statues lining up on the steps. Anybody can provide some infos on them ?
Loretto (the area) is a place of pilgrimage. we can see The Santa Casa Church on the photo on the left.
I am not very sure what this building is but this could be another view of part of the Loretta - Santa Casa Church. It was certainly in that area.
This shrine is a at the centre of the complex and is presumed to be a replica of the house Mary lived in.
An interesting place to visit.
The Prague Castle is great, and there is a ton to see up there. Take a tour around the grounds, go see the Lorreto, and maybe the Military History Museum as well.