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The Monuments of Baroque Prague

The post-White Mountain period included the 17th and the 18th centuries. The time of Recatholicization (Counterreformation) is related to the new artistic style – the Baroque, which has influenced and formed the architectural appearance of Prague until the present day. Next to the profane architecture of the aristocratic palaces and civic houses, extensive sacral constructions of temples and monasteries emerged, usually linked to the personalities of noteworthy painters, architects, and sculptors. In terms of architecture, one cannot omit the father and son Dientzenhofer (Kryštof and Kilián Ignác), as well as J.B. Mathey, J.B. Santini, T. Haffenecker, I.J. Paliardi, J.J. Wirch and others. From the sculptors in Prague, the families of Brokof, Braun, Quitteiner and others made their mark.. There were also the painters V.V. Reiner, J.L. Kracker, P. Brandl, K. Škréta and many others. The architectural forms of most Prague churches and especially  their furnishings originated in the Baroque period.

Itinerary

  • Monastery of St. James
  • Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady
  • Loreta
  • Church of St. Nicholas in Little Quarter
  • Charles Bridge

 

Starting point: Monastery of St. James
Duration: 3 hours
Group size: 2 – 10 persons

 

What is included in the price

  •  Entry to Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady,  Loreta, Church of St. Nicholas,
  • Other sights are for free
  • Guide during whole trip
  • Magni Guide Publication

What is not included in the price

  • Accommodation
  • Air transportation
  • Meals and beverages
  • Passenger trip cancellation insurance (details sent with reservation form)
  • Gratuities for tour manager and driver
  • Cultural entertainment

Tour itinerary includes a visit to the following towns and its monuments

Church of St. Nicholas

The high baroque architecture of the Temple of St. Nicolas is considered one of the most significant baroque buildings on the north of the Alps.

St. Nicholas Church - Old Town Square

Originally an early Gothic church, founded in the beginning of the 13th century by German merchants. The Church, mentioned for the first time in 1273, was expanded in the 14th century. 

Klementinum

Klementinum spreads on the area of 2 ha. From the point of view of the ground plan, it is the largest complex of buildings in Prague after the Prague Castle. 

Loreta (Chapel Santa Casa, Church of the Nativity of Our Lord)

The Chapel Santa Casa is the centre of the pilgrim locality of Loreta. The construction of it was instigated by Benigna Catherine of Lobkovice, it was built by the master builder G. 

Monastery of St. James

The monastery of the Order of Friars Minor was established by the king Wenceslas I around the year 1232, likely at an older church of St. James. The buildings of the monastery are situated in the north of the church.

Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady

The heart of the church is a Romanesque three-navel basilica built at the same time as the monastery after 1143. The extensive late Renaissance reconstruction took place in the years 1601-1605 on the project of G. Bossi de Campione. 

Church of St. Francis with the Monastery of the Crusaders with the Red Star

After 1252, the Crusaders with the Red Star built a hospital with the Church of the Holy Ghost in the suburbs of the – at that time – Judith Bridge (the Church of the Holy Ghost remained preserved in the crypt of today’s baroque temple.

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge (a national monument) connects the Old Town with the Lesser Town. Its predecessor – a wooden bridge – was mentioned already in 1118, it was situated more towards the north.

Jan Blasius Santini

Catholic Bohemia and Moravia

PAX Rack rate Discount Price for partners*
2 - 5 pax 50 EUR 10% 45 EUR
6 - 10 pax 30 EUR 20% 24 EUR
11 - 20 pax 20 EUR 30% 14 EUR

Price is netto, including VAT, fees include: entrance fees, Magni book guide

Entrance fees: Kostel sv. Mikuláše, Loreta, Strahovský klášter – knihovna

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