Even in a city of such beauty, this structure captures your attention. Constructed in 1626 under the commission of Katerina of Lobkowicz, this was one of the replicas of house in which Archangel Gabriel told Mary about the future birth of Jesusin Nazareth. The legend has it that the original house was miraculously transferred to the small Italian town of Loreto.
As a part of Ferdinand II's attempts to convert Czechs to catholicism, the Santa Casa was enclosed by cloisters in 1661 and the Baroque facade was added 60 years later.
There are 27 bells in the Bell Tower that ring out song called "We Greet You a Thousand Times". This occurs every hour.
Leaving the Castle, a quick stroll down Loretanska will lead you to this little square with the Loreta church, another fine example of the German and eastern-influenced architecture found in Prague.
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 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 ?
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 !
Loretto (the area) is a place of pilgrimage. we can see The Santa Casa Church on the photo on the left.
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.
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.