There are some very nice church visits that you can make in Prague and The Church of Our Lady Victorious is certainly one of the more interesting and memorable ones to see.
The church is famous for housing the 400 year old Jesus Child statue, also referred to as the 'Infant of Prague'. Thousands visit this church each year as a form of pilgrimage to pay homage to the statue, and it was certainly busy at the time we visited during our recent trip to Prague. Visitors come from the world over and have included four recorded papel visits - the last being Pope Benedict XVI in September 2009.
While the nave was very busy with worshippers and student groups who were occupying the pews at the time of our visit, it seemed visitors were welcome to get fairly close to the image, and photo-taking of the Jesus Child was allowed. However the statue is small, located high up and encased in glass so there is a bit glare when you taking photos.
Further, in addition to seeing the Baroque decor of the church and the iconic Jesus Child statue, you can also see the many Jesus Child outfits, which have been gifted to the church from various nations around the world. These are on display in the upstairs museum, which is open from 9.30am to 9.00pm and is free to visit. Of interesting note, the nuns of the church change the outfit of the Child Jesus statue according to a religious calendar. As such, the appearance of the statue will be different throughout the year.
There is also a gift shop at the back of the main church nave for those interested in purchasing a rosary or religious souvenir of their visit to The Church of Our Lady Victorious.
Overall, we very much enjoyed our visit to The Church of Our Lady Victorious and would gladly return to see the Jesus Child statue and see what outfit it is wearing when next in Prague. In the end, this seemed to a worthy inclusion on visitor 'must-see' list of attractions.
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