Founded by Princess Agnes of the Premyslid dynasty in 1231, the Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia is the oldest Gothic building in Prague and was used by the Order of Saint Clare, also known as the Order of Poor Ladies (the second Franciscan order established, founded by St. Clare and St. Francis of Assisi in 1212). This wondrous Gothic structure narrowly escaped demolition in the 19th century when historic synagogues and homes were destroyed in the Old Town and Jewish Quarter slum clearance, due to the success of the Union for the Renewal of the Convent of the Blessed Agnes. The National Gallery renovated the structure in 1963 and ever since 2000 the convent has been displaying medieval art from Bohemia and Central Europe. The impressive collection focuses on the development of Czech art in the 14th century with religious panel paintings and sculptures plus 15th century panel paintings that show external influences from across Europe.
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