Masterpieces of Baroque Prague

Prague

Length 6 km Duration 2 Days

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How to get to the starting point

The best way to get to the Strahov Monastery is to take the 22 tram and get off at the Pohořelec stop.

Tram is also the best way to get to the Church of Our Lady Victorious, where the second day start point is. The Hellichova stop is served by several lines.

Strahov Monastery Ladislav Renner

1. Strahov Monastery

Start your Prague Baroque tour at one of the city's landmarks, the Strahov Monastery. This oldest Premonstratensian convent in Bohemia was among the most important centres of education since its beginnings and one of its biggest attractions is the unique Baroque library. It contains more than 200 volumes and the collection has been gradually build ever since mid-12th century. Part of the collection is displayed in the library's richly-decorated halls. The Philosophers Hall has a fantastic Baroque fresco on the entire ceiling. The Theologist Hall includes a curious study aid, the compilation carrousel, which was used to study several volumes at once. Cabinet of Curiosities also contains many interesting items.

Opening times

Daily 9 AM – 12 noon, 1 PM – 5 PM

Every hour on the hour, the clock tower of the Loreto comes alive with 27 bells in its unique carillon/gloc­kenspiel, the largest of its kind in Europe. Its bells were made between 1683 and 1694 by Amsterdam's bell-founder Claudy Fremy. Concerts of Loreto's cari­lloneurs, usually held on Sundays and during holidays, are an incredible experience.

400 m

2. Loreto

The facade of the Prague Loreto is a masterpiece designed by ingenious architect Christoph Dientzenhofer and his son Kilian Ignaz. Apart from the ornate Church of the Nativity, you can visit the Holy House, or see examples of the unique treasury of Loreto. Its most valuable pieces include a stunning Prague sun Monstrance, with an incredible incredible 6,222 diamonds.

Opening times

April 1 – October 31: daily 9 AM – 5 PM
November 1 – march 31: daily 9.30 AM – 4 PM
 http://www.loreta.cz

650 m

3. Prague Castle

The Baroque period has also influenced the Prague Castle. Its most prominent remnant are the monumental Giants by sculptor Ignaz Franz Platzer, guarding the entrance to the first courtyard. The onset of Baroque period is also apparent in the representative Matthias Gate on the same courtyard, which once stood on its own and separated the castle grounds from today's Hradčanské náměstí.

Opening times:

April 1 – October 31: open spaces: 6 AM – 10 PM daily buildings: 9 AM – 5 PM daily
November 1 – march 31: open spaces: 6 AM – 10 PM daily buildings: 9 AM – 4 PM daily

Prague Castle Martin Rak

Opening times

April: daily 10 AM – 6 PM
May – September: daily 10 AM – 7 PM
October: 10 AM – 6 PM

750 m

4. Palace Gardens below the Castle

One of the most beautiful views of Prague's Old Town is from the terraces of the palace gardens below Prague Castle. The uniquely-located baroque gardens were built in the 18th century by rich noble families who purchased the palaces under them. They invited top architects, who used the steep hills to create imaginative compositions. The result is a unique complex of interconnected gardens, with romantic hiding places, fountains, narrow staircases, rich sculptural decorations and small pavilions.

600 m

5. Wallenstein Garden

An oasis of calm in Malá Strana, which is also one of the best examples of Czech early Baroque architecture. Do not miss its artificial grotto and try to find faces of people or animals cleverly hidden among its stalactites.

Church of St, Nicholas in Malá Strana Martin Rak

The exhibition in the church's bell tower offers another look at its history and the tower itself has spectacular views of the city. The bell tower was never owned by the church and served as the home for the municipal watchman for a long time. In the 1960's, the tower was occupied by a Communist State Security unit, whose members monitored the US and Yugoslav embassies nearby.

1 km

6. Church of St, Nicholas in Malá Strana

The St. Nicholas Church is undoubtedly the most beautiful Baroque church in Prague and one of the greatest jewels of European architecture according to many. Its construction lasted almost half a century and brought together three generations of famous architects – Christoph Dientzenhofer and his son Kilian Ignaz and Kilian's son-in-law Anselmo Lurago. The unique layout of the temple's interior is best enjoyed from the gallery around the main nave, where you can admire the impressive dome and its masterfully executed fresco, which is among the largest in Europe, and the massive organ, which was once played by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Opening times

March – October: daily 9 AM – 5 PM
November – February: daily 9 AM – 4 PM

Opening times – Bell Tower

November – February: daily 10 AM – 6 PM
March: 10 AM – 8 PM
April – September: 10 AM – 10 PM
October: 10 AM – 8 PM

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7. The Infant Jesus of Prague and Church of Our Lady Victorious

A wax statue of baby Jesus, which can reportedly fulfil secret wishes and perform miracles was brought to Prague in the 16th century as a wedding gift from Spain. It was in the Baroque period, however, that its reputation of magical powers spread throughout Europe. In 1655, the Infant Jesus was first crowned the Bishop of Prague, his latest crown of 2009 was given to him by Pope Benedict XVI.

The Infant Jesus of Prague and Church of Our Lady Victorious Petr Hron

Charles Bridge Dagmar Veselková

Near the statue of John of Nepomuk, a small cross marks the location where the saint was allegedly thrown into the river in 1393. It is said that when you put your hand on the cross so that each of your fingers touches one of the stars, your secret wish will be fulfilled.

1,1 km

8. Charles Bridge

A walk along the Charles Bridge is like a visit to an open air art gallery. Its unique sculptures by leading masters of the golden era of the Bohemian Baroque represents the most significant Czech saints and is among largest in the world. The oldest statue, of John of Nepomuk, designed by John Brokoff and created by Matthias Rauchmüller, appeared on the bridge in 1683, on the anniversary of the death of Nepomuk. The unique statues of the Charles Bridge, but also his turbulent history marked by several devastating floods are the subject of the Charles Bridge Museum at Křížovnické Square.

Opening times – The Charles Bridge Museum

May – September: daily 10 AM – 20 PM
October – April: daily 10 AM – 6 PM
More information: http://www.muzeumkarlovamostu.cz/

200 m

9. Church of St. Francis of Assisi

an eye-catching Baroque church with a 41 metre-tall dome was built in the late 17th century by Jean-Baptiste Mathey. Besides its rich decoration, it is also noted for the second oldest Baroque organ in Prague from 1702, the sound of which can be enjoyed during regular religious music concerts.

Church of St. Salvator Michal Vitásek

100 m

10. Church of St. Salvator

The construction involved several architects, such as Carlo Lurago, Francesco Caratti and Franz Maximilian Kanka. Its main attraction is the rich sculptural decoration by Jan Jiří Bendl. Bendl also participated in the stucco work inside unconventionally designed dome of the church. The exquisite confessional box is also noteworthy.

200 m

11. Clementinum

This originally Jesuit college has became an important center for the development of humanities and natural sciences in the Baroque period. Clementinum's Ba­roque library, with several rare globes and an impressive ceiling stucco has been voted by readers of the popular American server Bored Panda the most beautiful library in the world. Clementinum also includes a unique Mirror Chapel with an impressive stucco ceiling and an inventive use of ceiling mirrors. The guided tour will also take you to the astronomical tower, witness of its long tradition of astronomical research and meteorological measurements. This is the oldest-functioning weather station in Central Europe, providing measurements continuously since 1775.

Opening times

January – February: daily 10.00 AM – 4.30 PM
March – October: daily 10 AM – 6 PM
November – December: daily 10 AM – 5.30 PM
http://www.klementinum.com

Clementinum Lukáš Žentel

Klausen Synagogue Irena Brožová

Combine your visit to the Klausen Synagogue with a stroll through the adjacent Old Jewish Cemetery, whose oldest tombs date back to the 15th century. Many of its tombstones also come from the Baroque period.

500 m

12. Klausen Synagogue

Enjoy a slightly different view of Baroque Prague during a visit to the largest synagogue of the Old Prague Jewish Town. The Klausen Synagogue was built after the devastating fire in the Jewish Ghetto in 1689 and it now hosts an exhibition dedicated to Jewish traditions and customs.

Opening times

January – March: 9 AM – 4.30 PM
April – October: 9 AM – 6 PM
November – December: 9 AM – 4.30 PM

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