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Church of St. James

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Stare Mesto (Old Town)
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Address: Old Town, Prague, Czech Republic
09:30 - 12:00
14:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 12:00
14:00 - 16:00
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USD 21.65*
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Prague Old Town New Town and Jewish Quarter Morning Tour
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Worth a Quick Visit

This church is a bit trickier to find, but it's worth it at least to have a quick look around. The interior is gorgeous and seeing the mummified forearm is the cherry on top. As... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jason G
Baltimore, Maryland
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church is a bit trickier to find, but it's worth it at least to have a quick look around. The interior is gorgeous and seeing the mummified forearm is the cherry on top. As you're leaving the main hall, look up to your left and you'll see it pretty clearly. Makes for an interesting story.

Thank Jason G
Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

I attended the Passion Week concert of Dvorak's "Stabat Mater" this week and enjoyed the music completely and the building almost. I loved that the musicians were over our heads and behind us in the organ loft. This let the music sweep over us and allowed our eyes to take in the visual beauty of the church. I was happy... More 

Thank SyrinxSounds
Northumberland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

Was closed when we arrived, but there is enough architecture outside the building to make it a good location. We ran out of time, check online to ensure opening hours, inside looks spectacular. External photography is worthwhile!

Thank Tony H
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

It is small and often found by accident. The ceiling is spectacular and the art is magnificent. If you can find it, it is worth a visit - technically no pictures allowed

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful church. We almost missed the hand but the attendant pointed it out to us as we were leaving. At first we were told no photos but before we left he told me I could take a few. This was completely unsolicited and I'm not sure why he offered to allow it. The hand makes this church... More 

Thank Tracey L
Lake Arrowhead, California
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Can't give up the secret but stop in and when you enter go right of center and look straight up to the ceiling

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St Neots, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Known locally as basilica of St Jakob. Open door church with an amazing interior, but even with no parishioners they don't allow pictures. Considering how many poor people gave their money to the church that doesn't seem nice. Phooey! (I got a picture anyway!). Yes, it has a mummified hand but it's hard to see.

Thank Dave C
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 23 November 2016

I had to visit to see the mummified arm that hangs in the church. Legend says the arm is from a jewel thief who tried to steal from the high altar, which has a statue of the Virgin Mary. It is believed that when the thief tried to steal the jewels, Mary grabbed his arm and would not let go,... More 

Thank Linda B
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

This beautiful church is in the heart of old town is one the places you shouldn't miss.Church's acoustics are great so there are many concerts held here. It has remarkable history.It also has a arm of jewel thief as a warning for other thieves.

Thank aryathosar
Lakeland, Florida
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

St. James is considered the most beautiful church in Prague. There is a mummified hand of a thief hanging above the door.

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