5 unique churches in Prague
1) Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord
Built by the very religious Slovenian architect Josip Plečnik, this church combines various different trends in architecture. Its interior features simple geometric shapes. The massive wooden ceiling is suspended from a complex metal structure that is hidden in the attic. The plastic façade plays with shadows and changes depending on the sun’s position.
2) Saint James Basilica
The inconspicuous outside appearance of this large basilica sharply contrasts with its gilded decor. It also features a famous organ that dates from 1705. You can hear its 4 manuals, 91 speaking tops and 8277 pipes every Sunday from 10 am.
3) Evangelical Church
This nameless church is an important Functionalist monument built in 1930. The architect’s intention was to create a place of worship reminiscent of Christian basilicas. The purity of style makes this a dominating feature in the surrounding residential area, with its large villas.
4) Jubilee Synagogue
The most recent synagogue, built as a compensation for three synagogues that were demolished when the slums in Josefov were cleared at the end of the 19th century. This very generously proportioned building with its stunning Moorish style interior can be visited from April to October after paying a small entrance fee.
5) Saint Gabriel Church
On the southern slope of Petřín Hill stands Saint Gabriel Monastery and its neo-Romanesque basilica. It belonged to the Benedictine order, which decorated its interior before fleeing in 1919. The exquisite Beuronese murals can only be seen during Mass (every Sunday at 11.15 am) or during a guided tour arranged beforehand.
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