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“another piece of church history”
Review of The Prague Loreto

The Prague Loreto
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A Baroque-style shrine housing liturgical treasures including the famous star-shaped "Sun of Prague," which is studded with 6,222 diamonds. Place of pilgrimage, Loreto Treasure, baroque carillon, 3D model of newly discovered Crypt with special macabre fresco paintings.
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Didn't actually go into the monastery as had not purchased the Prague card which only gave a small discount but the building had heaps of character and Loreta is a well known Catholic brand. The monastery was not far from where I was staying and others told me it was well worth visiting

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

When spending time in Hradcany District, there are several very good places to visit, one being the Loreta Monastery and Treasury (130czk per adult & 100czk camera permit) where you can see a handful of impressive attractions. The attraction is located from Tuesday to Sunday, 9.15-12.15pm and then again from 1-4.30pm.

The Baroque style palace was commissioned by the Lobkowicz family in 1626 and includes a nicely decorated cloister, with impressive frescos, which we found to be a pleasant surprise and one of the more enjoyable aspects of Loretta. The inside courtyard also features the Santa Casa "Holy House" - a highly decorative brick structure that encompasses a hut that was designed on what is believed to be a copy of the house of Virgin Mary. The inside is simple and worth passing through, it takes only a minute or two to see.

There are a handful of chapels within the courtyard, one being the beautiful Church of Nativity of Our Lord, which features lovely Renaissance paintings, very nice cherubs and saints and other Rococo style fixtures. It is an elaborately decorated church, well worth a sit down to enjoy. This chapel, completed in 1738, was one of our favourite features of the Loreta Monastery and Treasury.

Another important attraction is the upstairs treasury which displays priceless pieces, the most famous being the 6222 diamond studded object known as the 'Prague Sun'. While this was interesting to see, we didn't find it to be as spectacular as it is often built up to be in the guidebooks.

Note that every hour, the 27-bell carillon begins to play as a call to prayer. While this can be also be easily heard from outside Loreta, hearing the chimes within the walls of the courtyard is a different acoustic experience, and definitely enhances the visitation here.

Overall, we quite enjoyed our visit to Loreta. The treasury was less memorable than we anticipated however the cloister frescos and the Church of Nativity of Our Lord Chapel, exceeded our expectations and made this a much appreciated compound, a place we would very much enjoy seeing again during future trips to Prague. Overall, we spent around an hour and 30 minutes at Loreta but you could certainly spend less time if you were in a hurry.

Tip: Loreta is located near the Stravhov Monastery, and can be coupled with a visit to Loreta to maximise time spent in this area of Prague.

Tip: The camera fee (100czk) might turn some off but we'd suggest paying for one permit anyway. There is much to photograph throughout Loreta, making it well worth the purchase.

4  Thank BradJill
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

This monastery was quite good. Be aware that there is a cost for admission which was about 130czk. This equates to about £5.

For those of you who are religious, this will be a must see. This has a replica of the original Santa Casa where the Virgin Mary was originally told she would concieve (according to the story) It is believed to be the truest representation of the original.

For those of you like myself who are not religious, its a time to enjoy the s tunning architecture. There is also a vault on the inside where some very nice trasure is kept including lots of wonderful artifacts encrusted with diamons, pearls and gold!

1  Thank JayRussell88
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Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

The reviews on tripadvisor nearly dissuaded me to make the effort to visit this place. Since its not too touristy, the place is calm quiet and beautiful. The treasury also holds an amazing array of jewels.

2  Thank indianlady
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

This place is OK if you want to go see another monastery, the highlights is the monocole with the diamonds in the 2nd floor treasury.

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