Church of St Giles

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Church of St Giles information

Prague , Czech Republic
Address
Street cnr Zlatá & Husova
Getting there
tram 6, 9, 18, 21, 22, 23
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Lonely Planet review

With stocky Romanesque columns, tall Gothic windows, and an exuberant baroque interior, the Church of St Giles – founded in 1371 – is a good place to ponder the architectural development of Prague’s religious buildings. The proto-Hussite reformer Jan Milíč of Kroměříž preached here before the Bethlehem Chapel was built. The Dominicans gained possession during the Counter-Reformation, built a cloister next door and ‘baroquefied’ it in the 1730s. Václav Reiner, the Czech painter who created the ceiling frescoes, is buried here.