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Břevnov Monastery

Břevnov MonasteryBřevnov Monastery (Břevnovský klášter) is a Benedictine monastery founded by Prince Boleslav II and Saint Adalbert, bishop of Prague in 993 AD.

The name of the district, Břevnov, refers to “břevno”, or a piece of wood, which reportedly marked the place of foundation. The Břevnov monastery had an eventful history. It was closed down under Communist rule, but resumed its activities in 1990.

It contains ample evidence of the many centuries of its history, including a surviving Early Romanesque crypt from the early 11th century. The overall appearance of the monastery and the church, however, is in the baroque style. The Church of St. Margaret is a baroque masterpiece by the architect Christoph Dientzenhofer. Its interiors are remarkable in terms of both the use of the space and the decorations. The altar pieces are the work of outstanding Czech baroque painter Petr Brandt.

Location: Marketská 28, Břevnov, Prague 6; Open: Apr—Oct Sat—Sun 10, 2, 4; Nov—Mar Sat—Sun 10, 2 or by appointment; Tours: Sat. + Sun. 10 a.m., 2 p.m. (January – March, November, December); Sat. + Sun. 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. (April – October). Closed on Easter and Christmas holidays. website

 

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