Loreto Treasure

 

00016 1Loreto Treasure is besides the St Vitus Cathedral treasure one of the largest and most valuable Church treasure in the Bohemia. In contrast to the the Cathedral Treasury, the Loreto Treasure collects almost exclusively works by 16th to 19th century. Particularly outstanding is the collection of great Baroque monstrances, which quality is excellent and presents the top of central Europe goldsmith art of the 17th and 18th centuries. 00016 3

These significant artworks, headed by the Diamond monstrance, so called the « Prague Sun », are the real masterpieces. Interesting are also other valuable artworks - home altars, reliquaries, crowns of a miraculous statue of Our Lady of Loreto, carved ivory, small sculptures, paintings and jewelry. 00016Loreto treasure is a remarkable collection, a mosaic of items of different materials and techniques - all these works were devoted by benefactor to this place pilgrimage, as gifts to Our Lady of Loreto, mostly in thanksgiving for the acceptance of their prayers. Welcome and enjoy the view of works which for centuries breathtaking pilgrimage site visitors!

 
  
>> Let's focuse on the valuable masterpieces from the Loreto Treasure:

diamond monstrance

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This impressive monstrance (ie valuable vessel designed for exposure consecrated communion wafers - the Body of Christ) is aptly called "Prague Sun". This gem of a liturgical vessels is decorated with incredible 6.222 diamonds. Their shine it fascinating, but equally remarkable is the overall artistic concept of this unique goldsmith work.

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home altar

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One of the most important works in Loreto treasure Collection is this Home Altar Shrine made of ebony wood with silver figural group of the Nativity of Our Lord - what an amazing noble luxury home crib!

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gilded chalice 1510

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The sole Late Medieval work in the treasury is the silver gilded chalice, with the date 1510 on the stem. This bautiful masterpiece was donated to Loreto Treasure by Christoph Ferdinand Popel Count of Lobkowicz in 1654.

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