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.
From the end of New World lane we made a turn to the left and came to the Loretto pilgrimage church, constucted in 1626.
Here the legend of Santa Casa of Loreto is promoted which purportrs the original house where the Archangel Gabriel foretold Mary about the birth of Jesus is in the small italian town of Loreto. It is believed that the house in Nazareth was transported by the angels here in 1278, following threats by infidels.
Catholics later promoted this legend and 50 replicas of the Loreto were built in Bohemia and Moravia. This one here in Prague is said to be the grandest - unfortunately we just passed by the exterior aand didn't visit inside - it was Monday and its not opened then. However it attracts many pilgrims and is often busy during its open periods.
This is a former pilgrimage place (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
When we go there an old lady practically follow everywhere we go , keep telling us no to take pictures ....and guess what other tourist were snapping away , so we waited till she is busy lecturing other tourist and we start to click a few pics.
This is the church of the Nativity, which is in the Loreto – you have to pay to get in to the Loreto, and this church is one of the things you can see in there. This may look like just another church, but when you go to the far end of the church by the altar, you will see some cabinets with fully dressed skeletons (they are actually pretty hard to tell that they are skeletons as they are very covered with clothing and have wax masks on). I have never seen bones dressed up on display in a church before. To be honest the only reason I realised where they were was because I had read in advance they were there, and when I couldn’t find them, I asked the attendant in the church.
The Loreta Monastery is one of the finest baroque buildings in Prague. It was founded by Benignia Katerina Lobkovinc in 1626. The monastery has been a place of pilgrimage over the years. The star attraction of the monarstery is the replica of the Virgin Mary's House, the Santa Casa. The Casa is caked with stucco carvings depicting the building's miraculous transportation from the Holy Land which happened as according to legend.
Just by the Santa Casa is the opulant Church of the Nativity of the Lord. Like the Church of St. Nicholas is was built by Krystof Dientzenhofer who began construction on the monastery in 1737. The church like all baroque interiors, is highly decorative. Probably the most interesting items within the church are the two skeletons. These are two Spainish saints, St Felicissimus and St Marcia. They flank the High Altar and adorned with wax masts.
On the first floor of the monastery is another highlight, the treasury. This is one of the richest collections of holy relics that I saw in the Czech Republic. The most notable piece within the treasury is the Prague Sun which is diamonded studded monstrance. While exploring the arcaded courtyard within the Loreta try not to forget to look up and catch the frescos that decorate the ceilings of the verandas. They are very interesting.
The Loreta Monastery is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 12:15pm and from 1pm to 4:15pm. Admission cost 80kc.
Ever since it was built in 1626, it served as a pilgrimage spot.
The inside is marvellous with a courtyard & the Santa Casa chapel and is fully decorated in baroque style.
The front baroque tower consists of 27 bells.
It was named after the Santa Casa legend, stating that the original home of arch angel Gabriel was moved by angels for protection from heretics from Nazareth to Loreto.
I've always enjoyed this museum, as it is small enough to wander around briefly, yet interesting enough to hold the attention.
It was constucted in 1626 and had been important place of pigrimage. It was commissioned by Katerina of Lobkowicz who was very keen to promote the legend of the Santa Casa of Loreto.
The legend says that the house where the Archangel Gabriel told Mary about the future birth of Jesusin Nazareth was miraculously transferred to the small Italian town of Loreto. it was believed that angels transported the house in 1278 following threats by infidels. After the Protestants' defeat in 1620, Catholics promoted the legend and 50 replicas of the Loreto were built in Bohemia and Moravia. This was the most important one receiving many visitors.
The Santa Casa was enclosed by cloisters in 1661 and the Baroque facade 60 years later. The whole design was part of Frdinand II's campaign of Czech re-catholicization.
There are 27 bells in the Bell Tower that ring out every hour a malody called "We Greet You a Thousand Times".
A visit here is easily combined with a morning or afternoon spent in the castle area.
It was built as an copy of one near Ancona, Italy in 1626. The tower contains 30 bells which play the Song of Our Lady. The most valuable item of the liturgical treasury is the "Prague Sun", a monstrance weighing over 12 kg and decorated with more than 6,000 diamonds.
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.
Just a few steps from Strahov there is another beautiful monastery and pilgrimage church called Loreto. This monastery was built in 1620 after the " victory on the White Hills " (directely translated from the german expression) of the catholics over the protestants.
In 1750 the monastery was finished in Baroque style by Christoph Dientzenhofer and his son Kilian Ignaz.
All of the pics that you may see in this tip are from the outside part of the Loreto-church, that you may see without paying the small entrance-fee. There are plenty of great sculptures around the stairs leading to Loreto.
Around the Loreto-monastery there are these beautifully decorated arcades, where pilgims could walk around the " Casa Santa " singing and praying.
When visiting Loreto, you have to pay a small entrance-fee and will be able to follow a certain one-way-path leading to all places of interest.
Prague Loreto was built between 1626 and 1750 and is an important pilgrimage. The building was created to promote the legend of Santa Casa, a copy of the house believed to be the Virgin Mary's that is located in Loreto, Italy. The bells of carillon can be heard every hour and various compositions are played during special occasions. The Loreto is one of the most photographed buildings in Prague due to its location in the Hradcany area. The church is open Tues-Sun 9am-12:15pm and 1-4:30pm and admission costs 90Kc for adults and 70Kc for students and children under 6 are free.
The Sanctuary of Loreto was built in 1626 by Caterina of Lobkowicz that intended to spread in the country the legend of the Saint House. To the center of the complex there is a copy of the suppository house of the Virgo Mary, contained by a 1661 cloister, work of Christoph and Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer.
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.
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.