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Church of Saint James (Prague) Kostel Sv. Jakura

 

Church of Saint James is a Roman Catholic Church that once was part of a Minorite monastery, part of the Franciscan order. This religious order was invited to Prague by King Wenceslas I in 1232. However in 1689 original Gothic presbytery was destroyed by fire that some claim was in fact an arson ordered by King Louis XIV of France. It also contains the tomb of Count Vratislav of Mitrovice (18th century), one of the most beautiful Baroque tombs in Prague. Local legends claim that count was buried alive. His body is said to be found sitting during one of the reconstruction projects. Another notable feature of Church of Saint James is a mummified forearm that is over 400 years old. It is believed that this arm belonged to a thief who tried to steal jewels from the altar. Sculpture of Madonna is said to have grabbed thief's arm and didn't let him go until he was discovered by church guards. They couldn't remove man's arm so they had to chop it off. It is said that the hand was hanged at the entrance of Church of Saint James ever since.

 

 

 

Mala Stupartska

Subway: Mustek, Namesti Republiku

Tel. 2248 28 816

Open: 9:30am- 12pm, 2-4 pm Mon- Sat

Service: 6:45 am Mon- Fri, 5 pm Wed- Fri, 8 am Sat, 8:30am, 10:30am Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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