"Clementinum" Old Town Tip by german_eagle

Old Town, Prague: 136 reviews and 248 photos

  One of the courtyards of the Clementinum
by german_eagle

The Clementinum is the second biggest building structure in Prague (No. 1 is the Hradcany castle). It was built since 1578 by the Jesuits. For the Clementinum a Dominican convent and a whole town district with thirty something townhouses, 3 churches and gardens was torn down. It was the time of Anti-Reformation, and goal was to re-establish Catholizism as leading religion in Prague. The Clementinum became what we would call a "marketing" centre in our days.

Result was a huge architectural structure with 5 courtyards, some churches and chapels, a magnificent Baroque library, an observatory. One of the highlights is the mirror chapel decorated with stucco works, gold and frescos. This hall is used for exhibits - please watch out for ads in front of the Clementinum entrance.

Guided tours are available daily, but no photography is allowed.

Directions: Old Town, between Charles Bridge and Staromeststke Namesti
Phone: +420 774 853 921

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 3, 2005
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