"Bethlehem Chapel" Old Town Tip by bpwillet

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  Southern Wall, Bethlehem Chapel
by bpwillet

A little to the west of the old town square, this 14th century chapel was the center of the Hussites and their reformation in Prague. In 1391 the Reformers were given permission to build a chapel here and conduct sermons in Czech instead of Latin. The was a simple design and could hold almost 3000 people. The preacher Jan Milic z Kromerize began preaching here in 1391 until 1394. Jan Hus began his preaching here in 1402-1413. Most of the chapel was converted by the Jesuits when Protestantism was outlawed in 1620. The building was destroyed in 1786 and then later rebuilt after WWII. The church you can see today is not the original but parts of the original structure can still be seen, some of the interior rooms and windows are said to be original. It is a cultural monument and holds various exhibits. There is a memorial celebration on the night of July 5th, the anniversary of Jan Hus's execution.

It is 30KCZ to enter and is open from about 9am-5pm.

Directions: Betlemske namesti, on metro stop Narodni Trida or tram #'s 6, 9, 18, or 22.
Phone: +420 774 853 921
Website: http://whiteumbrellatours.com/tours-de-praga/tours/?lang=es

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 17, 2004
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