Church of St Giles

sights / Religious

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.