St. Jilji Church, Prague

St. Jilji Church, Prague

If you want to visit a really breath-taking church, don’t be fooled by the rather plain Gothic exterior of St Jilji Church in the Old Town.

The church was founded in the 13th century by the Bishop Jan IV on the site of another, older church. Remodelling was carried out in the 14th century by Dominican monks. In the 18th century a monastery was built beside the church.

The Baroque interior dates from this time and is quite simply beautiful, with its elaborate stuccoes by Bernard Spinetti and ceiling frescoes by the Czech artist Vaclav Vavrinec Reiner. The main alter and the pulpit are wonderfully decorated in intricate gold patterns and the confessional boxes have wood-carvings by Prachnerem. The church’s 3500 reed-pipe organ was installed in 1757 and features Baroque wood-carvings. Classical concerts are held in the church throughout the year.

The exterior is Gothic and once there were two steeples of the same height, but in the 15th century lightning struck the north steeple and it was burnt down. A lower temporary roof replaced the steeple, but “temporary” obviously had a different meaning in the 15th century, as the roof is the same today. The church is administered by the Order of Dominican Monks.

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Sight Name: St. Jilji Church
Sight Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Stare Mesto Orientation Walk  

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