The Church of the Friars Minor is also known as the Italian National Church of Mary of the Snows. The land where the church was built was given to the friars of St. Francis of Assisi in 1224. Premysl Ottokar II laid the foundation stone in 1276. The church was finished in 1350 in the French Gothic style. Joseph II gave the church to the Italians as a present. The church was renovated into the Gothic style in 1784. There is a life-sized copy of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper on the church's northern wall. It is a mosaic made by the Roman mosaic artist Giacomo Raffaelli, commissioned by Napoleon I in 1809, but it was not finished before Napoleon's abdication. Francis II of Austria bought it, wanting to install it in the Belvedere in Vienna. As it was too large for the building, it was set up on the north wall of the church, where it remains to this day.
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