"Loreto" Loretto Tip by Pieter11
Loretto, Prague: 57 reviews and 110 photos
All the way to the west of the Hradcany, the Castle Hill, you'll find the famous Loreto sanctuary. This really is a place with a history. The story goes that during the 13th century's crusade to the Middle East, some angels wanted to protect the house of Maria from the winning muslims. The crusades were being lost and the hosue should be protected. They flew the hosue over to the Italian town of Loreto.
When the battle of the White Mountain (at Petrin-Hill) was won by the catholics in 1620, they decided that the non-believing city of Prague needed a sanctuary like the one in Loreto. Between 1626 and 1636 the Loreto-cloister was built as "Santa Casa". It became an important place for pilgrims until today and it also has an important role as treasury for the Catholic Church. Hundreds of pieces of art, clothes, books and gold, silver and diamants are kept here.
From the outside Loreto looks baroc, with pillars and lots of statues. The tall central tower has a bell that was made in Amsterdam. It plays the Maria melody every hour. This is because of another nice story: a widow of a neighbouring area once adopted 27 children. In that time the pest ruled Prague. Every time one of her children died, she paid to play Loreto's bells. She did that lots of time. By the time she died herself, she was all out of money. At that moment the Holy Madonna of Loreto let the angels sing for her. Since then, every hour the bells play for the ones who need it.
Address: Loreta, Loretanske namesti 7.
Directions: Castle Hill (Hradcany), 5min west from Prague Castle.
Opened: tuesday-sunday from 9:00 - 12:15 and 13:00 - 16:30 h.
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