The Prague Loreto is
a remarkable Baroque historic monument, a place of
pilgrimage with captivating history. The expansive decorative frontal
façade with a clock tower, from which the Loreto
carillon tunes may be
heard every hour, shall certainly not go unnoticed by any local or
foreign visitor passing here on his or her way to the Prague Castle. It
would, however, be a great pity to enjoy only this picturesque view
opening before us from the terrace of the Czernin Palace. Those who
descend as far as the Loreto Square and pass through the Loreto gate
will be pleasantly surprised by the place of pilgrimage disposition. We
are convinced they will appreciate everything of interest that is to be
Only when we walk through the frontal building, we shall find ourselves
next to the “Loreto” itself – that is the Loreto Chapel proper, the so
called Santa Casa. It is a copy of the
”Holy House” of Nazareth
worshipped in the Italian Loreto as a place in which the Miracle of
Incarnation had occurred (here, archangel Gabriel announced to the
Virgin Mary she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the son
of God, marking his Incarnation). Lavishly decorated with reliefs on
the outside after the Italian prototypes, is a spiritual centre of the
entire place of pilgrimage. Standing freely in the courtyard area, it
is surrounded by a storeyed cloister with corner
On the axis of the courtyard, beyond the Loreto
Chapel may be viewed the pilgrimage Church of the
Nativity of Our Lord.
It is one of the most impressive surviving Rococo interiors in Prague.
Here, Baroque organs resound every Saturday afternoon during the
regular concerts organised for visitors. The music indeed accompanies
those who come to Loreto throughout their whole visit – every hour, the
entire building comes alive with the tunes of a Czech Marian hymn “
Tisíckrát pozdravujeme tebe” /Hail Mary Thousand Times/ produced by the
carillon mechanism, and during feasts, the local organists play, on the
carillon keyboard, the spiritual music compositions (the programme is
regularly published - sorry, available only in Czech version).
At the end of the tour, the visitors come to the
treasury, where the considerable part of the famous Loreto treasure
exhibited. Beside the St. Vitus Cathedral treasure, it is the most
valuable ecclesiastical treasure in the Czech Republic. It is dominated
by the Diamond monstrance, also known as the Prague Sun created at the
end of the seventeenth century in Vienna with the use of unbelievable 6
222 diamonds. Since the foundation of Loreta, the Capuchin Brothers (whose monastery
the Church of the Holy Angel Virgin is situated in the neighbourhood)
have taken care of Loreta and of the pilgrims.
NEW EXHIBITION IS JUST OPEN!
THE HIDDEN FACE OF THE LORETO TREASURE
....present exceptional decorative
handicraft artworks from the historical collection of the Loreto
treasure up to now hidden in the Loreto depositaries... Enjoy it!
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We offer the Audio Guide.
Seven languages available.
The special artistic copies of two pilgrim shields (badges) from the Loreto treasury
are newly offered in our Museum Shop!
You can also order this silvered copper reliefs via e-mail.
was finished, but
the EXHIBITION CATALOGUE is still
available for sale, also in English language!
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