Monday, 13 August 2012

The Loreta church and pilgrimage in the Prague Hradčany district

For me this is the second most beautiful church of Prague and this is an achievement with so many churches in the city. When you approach the church and monastery, you descent via an outdoor staircase flanked with statues of angels. The white yellow front façade of the Loreta complex is an eye catcher. The Baroque church is famous but rather young, it contains about 400 years of history. The centre building in the inner court is called Santa Casa, this is the heart of the pilgrimage. Around the courtyard there is a gallery with covered chapels. The church of the Nativity of Our Lord is richly decorated in Rococo style. To visit the church you need to pay a fee and if you want to take pictures, you have to pay extra. They understand the principles of the free market in the Loreta sanctuary of Prague.

Voor mij is dit de tweede mooiste kerk van Praag, een prestatie met zoveel kerken in de stad. Al wandelend naar de kerk en het klooster, daal je af via een trap geflankeerd door engelen. De wit gele voorgevel van het Loreta complex is een blikvanger. De Barokkerk is beroemd maar slechts 400 jaar oud. Het centrale gebouw op het binnenplein is de Santa Casa, het hart van het pelgrimsoord. Rond het binnenplein vind je we galerij die vele kapellen bevat. De kerk van de geboorte van Onze Heer is rijk gedecoreerd in Rococo stijl. Om de kerk te bezichtigen dien je inkom te betalen en daar bovenop een extra bijdrage om foto’s te nemen. In het Loreta heiligdom te Praag begrijpt men zeer goed de commerciële principes van de vrije markt.. 
 
Loreta Church Prague

Loreta Church Prague

Loreta Church Prague

Loreta Church Prague

Loreta Church Prague

Loreta Church Prague

Loreta Church Prague

Loreta Church Prague

Loreta Church Prague

Loreta Church Prague

Loreta Church Prague

Loreta Church Prague

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11 comments:

  1. Amazing photos from your time in Prague. You remember me to visit this beautiful place.

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  2. Het blijft een stad waarin je je verwondering kwijt kan.
    De kerk die weet al jaren hoe ze geld moeten kloppen uit de zakken :)

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  3. Another interesting virtual tour of Prague.

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  4. Hemels, Filip ! Moooiiiii... !
    Lie(f)s.

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  5. Amazing church !!!
    So beautifull.
    Do you know how many statues are there, did you calculate them? :). Probably hundreds.

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  6. Simply overwhelming!



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  7. wish i were there, but thanks for bringing me there through your pictures.

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  8. I remember this place quite well, it's beautiful and so are your photos.

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  9. Filip hier raak je niet uitgekijken!!

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  10. It really is a beautiful church!! That last image is stunning!!

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  11. Such an incredible amount of art in this building! lovely photos

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