The Baroque Loreta in Prague was commisioned by Baroness Beligna Katherina von Lobkowicz in 1626 and was maintained by the Capuchins, an order connected with St. Francis of Assisi and his brotherhood. This gorgeous gem has been the site of numerous pilgrimages over the past centuries, and it is easy to understand why. The building was built to promote the legend of Santa Casa, or the house of the Virgin Mary, a copy decorated with original frescoes, sits in the main courtyard of the Loreta surrounded by arcades. The treasury of the Loreta houses the 6,000 gemstone encrusted (222 diamonds) Prague Sun or the Diamond Monstrance. The sparkling sun, designed by the Viennese architect J. B. Fischer, is 89 meters high and 70 cm wide, the magnificent sun is part of the treasure of the Loreta and is an acclaimed masterpiece of the medieval era.
Loretánské Náměstí 100, Praha 1, +420-220-516-740, www.loreta.cz
The romantic Baroque chateau of Troja is located by a lovely bend in the Vltava River, surrounded by lovely gardens and an old vineyard. This wonderful chateau or villa was designed by Jean Baptiste M ...
The Sternberg Palace
Located off of Hradcanske Square is this lovely Baroque palace. It is hidden behind the Rococo Palace of the Archbishop; notice the narrow lane leading to the side entrance of the palace. Walk down th ...
St. Nicolas Church
The giant green dome looming over Lesser Town Square belongs to the wondrous St. Nicolas, one of the finest examples of High Baroque architecture in Central Europe, this massive imposing dome and the ...
The Church of Our Lady of Victory
The Church of Our Lady of Victory is the famous pilgrimage site of the Infant Jesus of Prague, and one of the oldest Baroque buildings in Prague, built for German Lutherans in 1613 probably by G ...
Perched high above the city of a thousand spires is the second oldest monastery in Prague, the Strahov Monastery, which dates back to the 12th century. A dominant gateway showcases the entrance to the ...