Loreta, Prague

Loreta in Prague

Loreta, Czech name: Loreta

An important Catholic enclave and pilgrimage destination in Hradčany — Prague’s Castle District — Loreta church is a world-famous church in Prague. A complex of chapels, cloisters, and a central holy house, Loreta is a popular Prague sightseeing landmark that visitors of all religious and non-religious persuasions should visit. 

Location & How to Get to Loreta, Prague

Located at Loretánské náměstí 7, the  Loreta complex is easily accessible by public transportation.

By tram, take the number 22 or historic 91 to Pohořelec station. The complex is about a five-minute walk from there. If traveling by metro, take the A or C line, depart at the Malostranská station, and then hop on the number 22 tram to Pohořelec.

Prague, Loreta
Prague, Loreta

Opening Hours & Entry to Loreta church, Prague

The Loreta church complex is open daily. Guests can wander around public sections, and worshipers can spend time in the Church of the Nativity of Our Lord everyday between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. depending on the time of the year. 

The Loreta Prague opening hours are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, every day of the week, weekends inclusive. 

The standard loreta Prague entrance fee is 180 CZK, reduced tickets sell for 140 CZK, and family passes will run you about 370 CZK.

What to Do & What to See at the Loreta Prague castle

The Loreta castle is a cornucopia of artistic and liturgical marvels. A holy house, modeled after a famous Italian structure, is at the estate’s heart and belted by cloisters and chapels. Walking around the grounds can feel like taking a time machine back to medieval times. 

Every day, on the hour, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m, Loreta’s clock tower rings out “A Thousand Times We Greet Thee.” Musical enthusiasts should plan their trip to catch the peal performance, which has been ringing since 1695! 

Tourists can also lodge at the Loreta hotel, Prague which is just a few meters away from the castle, the hotel has a romantic ambience and is also very affordable to tourists who are on a budget.

Be aware that the Loreta castle doesn’t have tour-guiding docents. However, visitors can pay 150 CZK for an audio guide in Czech, English, German, French, Russian, Italian, and Spanish. Photography is allowed; however, you can’t use a tripod or flash and must pay a 100 CZK fee for the privilege.

Loreta is home to scores of liturgical artifacts, and exhibitions are regularly held in the cloisters. The Prague Sun, a monstrance adorned with 6,222 diamonds, and a gilded chalice from 1510 are among its most notable gems. 

During the summer, concerts are frequently held at the Loreta castle.

Pilgrim place Loreta church (Kostel Narozeni Pane or Prazska Loreta) in Prague
Pilgrim place Loreta church (Kostel Narozeni Pane or Prazska Loreta) in Prague

History of the Loreta Prague Castle

In 1626, Katerina Benigna, an aristocrat from the Lobkowicz family, commissioned the Loreta, and Italian architect Giovanni Orsi got to work. His team toiled for a little over four years, and in 1631, the buildings were consecrated.

Around 1694, renowned watchmaker Peter Neumann added about 30 bells to the clock tower and created a peal to play hourly. It’s still chiming away today!

In 1740, Kilian Ignac Dientzenhofer and Christopher Dientzenhofer — from the famed Dientzenhofer family of architects — started on a baroque upgrade. They added a second story and slipped ornamental facades onto the buildings — as was all the rage back then.

Since then, there have been repairs, renovations, and upgrades to accommodate modern living, but the facades are faithful to its 17th- and 18th-century roots.

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