The Arcades with chapels

8The main entrance brings the pilgrim into the arcade courtyard. The signature of F. A. Scheffler (1701-1760) can be found on the fresco of the Annunciation on the vault of the 1st bay of the arcade by the entrance. After 1750 he executed the painting of the entire ground-floor of the courtyard (with the invocations from the Litany of Loreto), including the frescoes on the cupolas of three corner chapels. As they walk along the arcade, the visitors pass the spaces of the Old Treasury, no longer accessible to the public (previously, the Loreto treasure was deposited there).

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Art and historical description

 

The Prague Loreto is an artistic and historical monument, as well as a Baroque pilgrimage site the renown of which in the city can perhaps be compared only with that of the wonder-working statue of the Infant of Prague. Construction of the Prague Loreto Santa Casa (illus. 9) began on 3 June 1626, at the instigation of Baroness Benigna Katharina von Lobkowitz. The Loreto arose gradually over the course of the 17th and 18th centuries; the interiors were partly renovated in the 19th century; and in the 1950s and 1960s, a new treasury was built, accessible to the public.

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