Loreta Monastery and Treasury is an active convent with a fascinating history. Many visitors to Prague miss this attraction as they hurry past it on their way to Prague Castle. Founded in 1626, the monastery’s main feature is its replica of the Santa Casa, the home of the Virgin Mary. The treasury on the same site houses a vessel decorated with 6,222 diamonds.
Only four parts of the monastery are accessible to the public. Visit the Santa Casa, or holy house. Understand its importance to Christian pilgrims by purchasing an information booklet at the entrance. The tiny building is built within the central courtyard and features many decorative features. Religious services are offered at the Santa Casa on Saturdays and Sundays.
The arcade attached to the courtyard is adorned with painted murals and has a number of chapels. The ornate Church of the Nativity of Our Lord can also be visited. Visit the first floor to see the treasury, one of the highlights of Loreta. See the many valuable religious items that remain, and learn about the years of theft the treasury has endured.
Try to be at the monastery on the hour to hear the ringing of the 30 bells within the tower. The bells are linked together and when it the hour strikes the bells chime in sequence, producing one of a number of melodies. A full program of musical offerings is also presented at the monastery.
The Loreta Monastery and Treasury is located within the Lesser Town, just west of the Prague Castle. It can be reached by tram or metro and is just a short walk from Charles Bridge. An entrance fee applies and you have to pay extra to take photos. The monastery is open daily.
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