Prague Minos Guide

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During the Baroque period throughout the entire Catholic Europe pilgrimage places appeared with in their centre a place called Santa Casa. Those were reminders of a house in Nazareth where the Virgin Mary had lived and where she had been visited by the Archangel Gabriel predicting the birth of a child. According to a legend, in 1291, once the Crusaders had left Palestine, there was once the threat of danger, but then a miracle occurred...angels transported the house of the Virgin Mary to the town of Loreto in Northern Italy.
The Prague Loreta was built between 1626 and 1627 to the order of Countess Katherine of Lobkowicz. The Baroque facade is the work of architects Kryštof Ignác Dientzenhofer and Kilián Ignác Dientzenhofer, who continued the work

of Domenici Orsi, the first architect of Loreta.
On the tower there is a unique Baroque bell that plays every hour a song called "We Greet You A Thousand Times". The Loreta Jewels are kept in the building, it is a collection of priceless liturgical objects from the 16th to the 18th centuries. The best known object is a diamond monstrance called Sun of Prague. Countess Ludmila Kolovratová received six and a half thousand diamonds from her third bridegroom. In her will, she wrote that so many must be used for the making of the monstrance in Loreta. The monstrance was manufactured by Viennese goldsmiths following the design of Johann Bernard Fischer of Ehrlach in 1699. It is made of gold-plated silver and decorated with 6,222 pieces of diamonds.

GPS: 50° 5′ 21.3″ N, 14° 23′ 29.81″ E

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