The Loreto (Loreta) was built during the 17th century (1626) at the order of Katerina of Lobkowicz, as part of the Catholic campaign to attract the Czechs back to Catholicism.
This Marian pilgrimage site with the Baroque Church of the Nativity and a replica of the Holy House is surrounded by cloisters and chapels. In the tower there is a 27-bell carillon that plays the Loretan Marian song A Thousand Times We Greet Thee (every hour from 9 am to 6 pm).
The Loreto treasure consists of a rare collection of liturgical objects from the 16th to 18th centuries, the most famous of which is the "Prague Sun", a monstrance encrusted with 6,222 diamonds.
Top 3 reasons why tourists should add this iconic spot to their itinerary:
Religious Significance: The Loreto is a pilgrimage site for Catholics, with its origins dating back to the 17th century when a replica of the Holy House of Nazareth was built on the site. The Loreto is also home to the famous Santa Casa, a small chapel containing a statue of the Virgin Mary that is said to have miraculous powers.
Stunning Architecture: The Loreto's architecture is a blend of Baroque and Renaissance styles, with its beautiful façade and ornate interior decorations. Visitors can explore the complex's many chapels, cloisters, and museums, including the Treasury, which contains a wealth of religious artifacts and works of art.
Peaceful Atmosphere: The Loreto's peaceful and spiritual atmosphere provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Visitors can take a moment to reflect and meditate in the beautiful gardens and courtyards, or attend a religious service or concert in the chapel.
Hradčany, Loretánské náměstí 7, Prague
Suggested Duration: one hour trip