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Bethlehem Chapel, Prague

Bethlehem Chapel, Prague

Bethlehem Chapel is one of the most famous of Prague’s many chapels and you shouldn’t miss visiting it. It stands in Bethlehem Square in the Old Town.

The Catholic Church approved the building of a small chapel in 1391, but the chapel was a lot bigger than they had agreed to and housed up to 3000 churchgoers. Sermons were given in the Czech language instead of in German which had domination over the medieval Bohemian Church at that time.

Between 1402 and 1412 the religious reformer Jan Hus became rector and preacher there. When he was excommunicated in 1412 the Pope ordered the destruction of the chapel, but the Czech government refused to do this. Instead they gave it to the Czech Technical University. In 1661 the Jesuit order bought the chapel and changed it into a Catholic place of prayer.

In the late 18th century the chapel was pulled down and apartments were built on the site. In the 1950s it was restored to its initial state. Parts of the walls and the pulpit contain fragments of the original medieval chapel. You can see wall paintings from Hus’ time and some of his manuscripts. There are also modern religious paintings executed by Czech art students. Today the chapel holds services and occasionally concerts of classical music.
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Sight Name: Bethlehem Chapel
Sight Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Sight Type: Religious

Walking Tours in Prague, Czech Republic

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Creating your own self-guided walk in Prague is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Old Town Walking Tour

Old Town Walking Tour

Old Town (Czech: Staré Město) is a medieval settlement of Prague, once separated from the outside by a semi-circular moat and wall, connected to the Vltava at both of its ends. The moat is now covered up by the streets, which remain the official boundary of the cadastral district of Old Town. Notable places in the Old Town include the Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, Kinsky Palace and many...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Old Town Souvenir Shopping

Old Town Souvenir Shopping

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Josefov, formerly the Jewish ghetto of the town, is completely surrounded by Prague Staré Město. Here you can find beautiful and historically important synagogues, as well as art galleries and museums. This tour will help you to explore the most interesting sites of the Jewish quarter.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Lesser Town Walking Tour

Lesser Town Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Hradcany (Castle District) Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
New Town Walking Tour

New Town Walking Tour

Nové Město (“New Town” in Czech) is a district in Prague, the youngest (est. 1348) and the largest (three times the size of the Old Town) of the five originally independent townships that form today's historic center of the Czech capital. The area bears great historic significance and is traditionally dense with tourists. Among the attractions found here are the Dancing House (named so...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles

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