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.
You need to pay about 30Kc to get into it, not allow to take photo. Inside this church there are some interesting paintings and treasuries. The church gets a lot of gold decos, but I am not a big fan of gold. Prepare to spend about 30 mins in there.
Like most of the big attractions of Prague, the Loreta is choked by tour groups and getting through the chaotic throng that passes for the front gate can be something of a mission that requires a great deal of perseverance and patience, but it is, just about, worth it.
Loretto is a pilgrimage center, its center is the 'Santa Casa', constructed from 1626 to 1631, as a copy of the home of the Virgin Mary in Nazareth. The 'Santa Casa' was expanded in the 17th century with new cloisters and a new story. The current facade and its towers were added in 1720-1722.
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.
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.
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.