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Church of St. James

#130 of 1,254 things to do in Prague
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Address: Old Town, Prague, Czech Republic
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9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Beautiful and interesting

The interior is more impressive than the near by Our Lady Before Tyn. There wasn't much guidance inside explaining anything, but do a little research to hear the urban legend... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The interior is more impressive than the near by Our Lady Before Tyn. There wasn't much guidance inside explaining anything, but do a little research to hear the urban legend associated with the mummified arm near the door.

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Angra do Heroísmo, Azores, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This church is located in Stare Mesto (Old Town) near the square. It is in my opinion more beautiful CHURCH of Prague and one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Kostel Svateho Jakuba is the czech name of this church. Jacob is Jakub in english, so I am not sure why it is being called St. James church on trip advisor. No matter, the location is correct and so are the pictures . Beautiful inside, especially the ornate ceiling would make it worth your visit. So, how about the legends?... More 

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

What a surprise! Approaching from the back of the building it looks like any other church. Then... A beautiful frontage leads into an absolutely stunning interior! It is free to visit his church (Although donations are welcomed.) The hanging mummified hand is somewhat ghoulish but it is a talking point. Photography is not permitted inside the building, but beautiful post... More 

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We visited this church as part of the free walking tour. We couldn't go in as it was closed but we could still see the mummified hand hanging from the ceiling!!! Your tour guide will tell you where to stand if you want to see it.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

This is a beautiful church once you get inside, the alter is amazing. While in Prague for the Xmas markets we decided to have a bit of culture and listen to a Baroque Christmas organ recital at St James. Tickets are availble from outside the church, I managed to haggle the price down by 400K. There are 3 prices for... More 

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Free to go in, but was very dark inside when we visited so difficult to see inside. There is a legend attached to the arm hanging in the corner by the door.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We can't really say, having visited twice without being able to enter. But from what we could see through the windowed door, the interior looks quite remarkable. You might want to call or ask someone in advance, as both our visits were made to no avail within the posted opening hours.

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italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A really beautiful small baroque church. Well worth a visit in a city full of beautiful buildings. Not to be missed is also the thief's hand, hanging high on the wall. A little more information in English in the church would have been appreciated.

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Launceston, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A short side walk from the old town is this imposing church. The main reason for visiting was the preserved hand of a thief hanging in one corner. It was pretty old and scungy and if we had not known to look for it we would have missed it. It looked like an old sausage that had been left outside... More 

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Stare Mesto (Old Town)
One of the oldest neighborhoods in town represents the medieval heart of Prague. It’s no surprise it is bustling with tourists every time of day. Križovnický square, overlooking Charles Bridge with Prague Castle in the background, is probably the most beautiful square in the city. Its unique historical atmosphere of gothic houses and churches, cobblestone streets and squares, and stone towers blend together with the modern era. A vast array of bars, restaurants, dance clubs, international brand shops, galleries and hotels bring life to the old city. With its charming and picturesque cobblestone streets, the nightlife and parties will surely be unforgettable.
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