The Loreta is one of the most spectacular, impressive, and monumental sites in Prague! It contains the Santa Casa which is a copy of the original one that was in Nazareth. The original Santa Casa was moved to San Francis of Assisi in Italy and several copies were built in different cities and towns in Europe. The Loreta complex in Prague is however, the most impressive Santa Casa in the world! The Santa Casa is the place where the Archangel Gabriel announced to Virgin Mary that she will be the Mother of Jesus Christ.
The Loreta was built to recover the Catholic faith that was lost during the 30 year old war. The Santa Casa is in the middle of a Baroque church complex and its wall depicts the life of Virgin Mary. The house is humble as the original one was. However, it connects with the very impressive, very beautiful Church of the Nativity! There are several chapels located around the Santa Casa and they are very interesting; pay attention to the dramatic chapel of the Lady of Sorrows, the chapel of Saint Anthony of Padua, and the chapel of the Holy Road! The chapels are separated by a gallery of windows that depicts the life of several saints. There is excellent written information on the life of the Saints. The treasury is spectacular; it contains the impressive gold, plated, diamond encrusted Prague sun monstrance. The monstrance has an impressive design and contains 6222 diamonds. The bell tower is lovely; a beautiful song is played every hour and this is magical!
You have to pay a ticket of approximately 10 dollars to visit the Loretta. I also recommend the audio guide (English, Spanish); it is very good and it costs approximately 5 dollars. I also recommend paying for the photography permit; the pictures of the treasury are impressive.
Best aspects: Unique, good explanations, quiet, relaxing, and the best of all: "NO TOURS". The Loreta is two blocks up from the castle. It is very easy to reach. The façade is lovely.