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.
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.
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 Loreto is a catholic monastery, just a few blocks away from the castle. As Prague was always disputed ground between the catholic and protestant churches, this beautiful monasteries purpose was to impress the non-catholic part of the population and possibly help converting them to the true faith.
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.
All the way to the west of the Hradcany, the Castle Hill, you'll find the famous Loreto sanctuary. This really is a place with a history. The story goes that during the 13th century's crusade to the Middle East, some angels wanted to protect the house of Maria from the winning muslims. The crusades were being lost and the hosue should be protected. They flew the hosue over to the Italian town of Loreto.
When the battle of the White Mountain (at Petrin-Hill) was won by the catholics in 1620, they decided that the non-believing city of Prague needed a sanctuary like the one in Loreto. Between 1626 and 1636 the Loreto-cloister was built as "Santa Casa". It became an important place for pilgrims until today and it also has an important role as treasury for the Catholic Church. Hundreds of pieces of art, clothes, books and gold, silver and diamants are kept here.
From the outside Loreto looks baroc, with pillars and lots of statues. The tall central tower has a bell that was made in Amsterdam. It plays the Maria melody every hour. This is because of another nice story: a widow of a neighbouring area once adopted 27 children. In that time the pest ruled Prague. Every time one of her children died, she paid to play Loreto's bells. She did that lots of time. By the time she died herself, she was all out of money. At that moment the Holy Madonna of Loreto let the angels sing for her. Since then, every hour the bells play for the ones who need it.
Loreto Square is one of the nicest areas in Prague. It's often much quieter up here than nearby at the Castle. The Loreta Church and Cernin Palace, which both face on to the square, are amongst Prague's most beautiful buildings. Also, don't miss the statue of Edward Benes, President of Czechosolvakia from 1935 until 1939, when he fled to Britain after the Nazi invasion.
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.
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.