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Category: Religion, Local time: 17:19:49, Address: U Milosrdných 17, 110 00 Praha 1 Czech Republic, Tel.: +420 224 810 628, Official WWW website:

The Convent of Saint Agnes of Bohemia is located in the northeastern corner of the historic Old Town of Prague , in the Czech Republic .

About Convent of Saint Agnes of Bohemia

The Convent of Saint Agnes of Bohemia was probably founded by Agnes of Bohemia, in the years 1233-1234. It was built in Gothic style, on the place of a former hospital. The convent was the seat of the female branch of the Franciscan order - the Poor Clares.

Burial Ground of the Přemyslids

The Convent of Saint Agnes of Bohemia is also a burial ground of the Přemyslids. Kunigunde of Hohenstaufen, Wenceslaus I of Bohemia, Agnes of Bohemia and Agnes Přemyslide are all buried here.

Historical Development of the Convent

The whole complex undergone a transformation during the 1370s. After that, it was only falling into disrepair. In 1556, the building was taken over by the Dominicans, who gave a new face to the convent of the Poor Clares, while the Franciscan buildings were sold or rented. The Poor Clares returned to the monastery in 1629. The Convent of Saint Agnes of Bohemia was damaged by a fire in 1689, later it was rebuilt in the style of early baroque. In 1750, it was rebuilt in late baroque style. Thirty years later, during the reign of Joseph II, the convent was closed down and adapted into a poor house. An extensive reconstruction of the devastated complex took place from the 1940s. The monastery has become a National Cultural Heritage Site in 1963. Today, it houses a part of the National Gallery in Prague . The first exhibition was opened in 1980.

Exhibitions

The Convent of Saint Agnes of Bohemia concentrates on medieval Czech and European art. Visitors can admire the magnificent medieval panel paintings of Master Theoderic and the altarpieces of Master of Vyšší Brod.


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GPS: 50.0925, 14.4237
Altitude: 191 m
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