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Prague from Jan Hus to the Hussite Revolution

The reform movement at the end of the 14th century and the beginning of the 15th century is related to the work of Master Jan Hus, to his preaching, university, and writing activities. After his martyr’s death in Constance in 1415, the principles of his teaching gained growing support in Bohemia. The originally non-violent movement was forced as a result  of the persecution from the adversaries of Hus to an armed revolt (30th July 1419 – the First Prague Defenestration). The following years of the Hussite Revolution (up to the Battle of Lipany in 1434) noticeably involved Prague in the revolutionary events. Prague became the scene of the major battles of the revolution (Battle of Vítkov, Battle of Vyšehrad) and the place of many significant political talks and theological disputes within the  Hussite movement. Prague is thus associated with many important personalities, Hussite theologians and preachers such as  M. Jakoubek of Stříbro, Jan Želivský, John of Rokycany (Jan Rokycana) and others.

Scheduled Tour

Friday 26 May 2017

 

Itinerary

  • Old Town square, Jan Hus monument
  • Carolinum
  • Church of St. Havel
  • Church of St. Michael
  • Church of St. Jiljí
  • Bethlehem chapel
  • Church of St. Martin in the Wall
  • Church of Our Lady of the Snows
  • Old Town square, Church of Our Lady before Týn

 

Starting point: Old Town Square
Duration: 3 hours
Group size: 2 – 10 persons

 

What is included in the price

  • Entry to Bethlehem chapel, Church of Our Lady before Týn
  • 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 monuments

Bethlehem chapel

The chapel as a center of the reform movement and Czech sermons was built in the years 1391-1394, thanks to former students of Milíč of Kroměříž – the royal courtier Hanuš of Muhlheim and the Old-Town counsellor Kříž.

Church St. Michael

The original Romanesque church from the 12th century was rebuilt in a Gothic style in 1252 and again in the years 1339-1380. In 1626, the Order of Servites gained possession of it and built a monastery nearby.

Carolinum

The Prague University was founded by Charles IV on 7 April 1348 as the first University in central Europe. After its foundation, the university did not have its own building.

Church of Our Lady before Týn

Originally a Romanesque church, mentioned for the first time in 1135, belonged to the hospital of the foreign merchants in today’s Ungelt. In the second half of the 13th century, an early Gothic church was built on its place.

Church of St. Martin in the Wall

The Romanesque church was built possibly between the years 1178-1187 and it was the parish church of the settlement mentioned in 1140.

National Monument

On this place, the hill originally called Vítkov, a significant battle took place on 14 July 1420. In it, the Hussites under the leadership of Jan Žižka of Trocnov defeated the Crusader armies of the king Zikmund, which were in superiority.

Church of Our Lady of the Snows

The church, together with the Carmelite monastery, was founded in 1347 by Charles IV in relation with his enthronement as the Czech king. The church was planned as three-naval building and it was supposed to be over 100m long.

Old Royal Palace

The Old Royal palace consists of a complex of buildings closing the eastern side of the Third courtyard. Originally a prince’s farmstead (from the 9th century) was replaced by a Romanesque palace in the 11th century.

Old-Town Hall

The foundation of the Old Town Hall, the centre of the town’s autonomy, was granted by the charter of the king John of Luxembourg from 1338. The municipality bought the early Gothic house of Wolflin of Stone and adapted it to its requirements.

New Town Hall

The New Town Hall of Prague is mentioned for the first time in 1377. By that time, it had already had two floor wings, today still materially preserved.

Emauzy (At Slovany) – Church of Our Lady, St. Jeronymus and the Slavonic Patrons and Benedictine monastery

The monastery was founded in 1347 by Charles IV, who introduced Croatian Benedictines, the so called Glagotics, in it.

Czech Reformation

Animation: Jan Zizka, hussite warrior

Jena, North Carolina, USA  
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Our guide Jana was excellent, friendly and knowledgable. I would recommend this tour to others and was so happy to have Jana as a guide. It was wonderful experience.

Andrew, Prague, Czech Republic   1 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 5

Very good to see some of the off the beaten path places / tower at St. Martin in the Wall Church and St. Michaels on a street I had not seen before.

Shannon, Prague, Czech Republic   1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

From pre-booking, to booking, to picking up the book guides, to the tour - everything was excellent! Our guide Jana was great - friendly, informative, personable!

Tim, Columbus, Ohio, USA   1 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 5

Very interesting tour. Excellent, knowledgeable, friendly tour guide. Very enjoyable!

Amy, Prague, Czech Republic   1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

Excellent way to encounter the Reformation history and faith heritage of Prague, Czech Republic. Length was just right, context was informative, glimpses into areas of buildings normally off limit to public a bonus!”

Katherina, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania   1 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 5

I would definitely recommend this tour to people. Very good to learn of the other reformers, not only Hus. Very good to see some of the "off the beaten path" places, tower at St. Martins in the wall and St. Michaels, I had not seen before.

Jordan, Atlanta, USA   1 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 5

I have lived in Prague a long time and I really appreciated how much I learned on this tour. It seems that Veronika, our guide, knows everything. Last summer I went on Christian Heritage tour of Cambridge, England, and this was something like that - walking around and seeing the Christian roots of the city. It was great to go in the tower of St. Martin in the wall (But careful for people with weak knees and bad backs). I think the Czech Reformation was fascinating. I would recommend the tour to others!

John, Edinburgh, England   1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

Excellent! Well timed tour + good information

Milosz, Warsaw, Poland   1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

Keep on serving info like that!

John, Cairo, Egypt   1 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 5

Excellent tour!

Caren, Kingwood, Texas   1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

Thanks you for all your information and friendliness

Peter, Houston, Texas   1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

Very personable and open to questions

Joseph and Ursula, Stockholm, Sweden   1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

Great tour! So much information, look forward to reading the book given. Eye opening perspective. Thanks!

This has been a very informative tour. We learned a lot about the Hussites - what the tour was supposed to be. But we also were able to ask a lot of questions and hear about perspectives as well. Michaela was an excellent quide. Thank you!

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2 - 5 pax 40 EUR 10% 36 EUR
6 - 10 pax 30 EUR 20% 24 EUR
11 - 20 pax 22 EUR 30% 16 EUR

Price is netto, including VAT,  fees inlude: tour guide 3hours, entrance fees, Magni book guide

Entrance fees: Bethlehem chapel, Church of Our Lady before Týn

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