The Church of St. Ignatius

The Church of St. Ignatius, Prague

The Church of St. Ignatius
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Neighbourhood: Nove Mesto (New Town)
Nearly 700 hundred metres long, Wenceslas Square represents the most frequent and buzzing crossroads of the city. The National Museum in the upper part of the square watches over your spending spree in countless shops and retail stores lining the entire square, which ends at Na Příkopě, the most famous shopping street. When tired or broke, you can explore the city's underpasses, which can take you to the Old Town or to the courtyards of art nouveau houses with secret gems of greenery, white benches and rose bushes that provide unexpected peace in the midst of the city. Be sure to pay a visit to the traditional cafés, classic Czech pubs, cinemas and theatres. National Theatre near the river has a lot to offer to foreigners. Go to the river bank and enjoy live music and drinks while watching a sunset behind Prague Castle.
How to get there
  • Charles' Square • 2 min walk
  • I.P.Pavlova • 9 min walk
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rdrozd7
Boston, MA594 contributions
Beauty.
Jan. 2020 • Business
Like in the most of the Jesuits churches in the world there is a beauty and craftsmanship of the highest level. You won't regret Your visit in this place (unusually in Praha - no entrance fee!).
Four beautiful pieces by Ignác Raab (himself Jesuit brother). 5 min walk from Dancing House, located on Charles Square, also on the route the touristy tram #22.
The photos tell the truth.
Written 11 January 2020
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK607,440 contributions
Beautiful church.
Apr. 2019 • Friends
St Ignatius Church is a beautiful church located in a beautiful park in the New Town.
St Ignatius Church ( kostel Svateho Ignace ) is located in Charles Square, designed by famed architect Carlo Lungo in early Baroque, built between 1655 and 1677 was constructed for the Jesuit movement and was the largest Jesuit church in Europe at the time and is dedicated to the patron saint and founder of the order namely St Ignatius Of Loyola.
The church looks amazing especially at night when illuminated, set in the pretty park lands ,its a stunning structure that makes for a great place to visit and offers great photographic opportunities if your a keen photographer.
The church is very easy to locate,tram number 4.6.10.16 22 to stop Stepanska drops you off practically by the church, well worth checking out if your in the New Town.
Written 4 April 2019
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Breckski587
Drumbo, UK660 contributions
Gorgeous Altar.
Nov. 2018 • Couples
We found this Church on our way to the Museum Of The Fallen Airmen, which is only five minutes away. It's an oasis of peace in a very busy city. The interior is beautiful, the Altar especially. This is a tranquil place to gather your thoughts.
Written 25 December 2018
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Rahul Ajmera
Pune, India810 contributions
Hidden Gem!
Oct. 2018 • Couples
This nearly 400 year old church is a hidden gem at Prague. It is richly adorned with white, pink & gold interiors.

We were lucky to have gone inside during Evening Prayers and it was a beautiful experience.

Highly recommend to everyone for a peaceful experience.
Written 4 November 2018
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j1954g
Tetbury, UK3,290 contributions
A symphony of white, pink and gold ...
Sep. 2018 • Solo
In view of the fact that about eight million people visit Prague each year, and that sites such as the cathedral, castle and Charles Bridge are impossibly busy, it was a real pleasure to find that no one else seemed to have discovered the Church of St Ignatius and that I had its beauties all to myself!

The church, built in the late 1600s, is decorated in pinks, whites, and gold, in flamboyant Baroque style, rather like the most sort of extravagant wedding cake - too much "bling", perhaps, for everyone's taste, but spectacular if you like that sort of thing. I do!

A lot to enjoy here - no entrance charge - and don't forget to look up at the statue of Saint Ignatius above the door as you go out of the building. The halo around his entire body was considered controversial in its day as such a halo should only have been used on figures of Christ ...

N.B. This is quite a good church to visit if you have earlier been to the crypt where the killers of Heydrich were shot, as that is a rather sombre place - St Ignatius will lift your spirits!
Written 19 October 2018
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cristoph2010
Toronto1,079 contributions
Beautiful Baroque style church
Oct. 2018 • Solo
What a treat inside and outside. The main altar and 6 side altars are stunning and are inviting. Lots of beautiful religious artwork on the walls and the frescos were beautifully done as well. Definitely heading back there again since it's close to where I'm staying.
Written 9 October 2018
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC5,662 contributions
What's the name of this church?
Sep. 2018 • Solo
Taking Tram #22 from my hotel, I incorrectly took the one going in the opposite direction. Instead of reaching the Castle Hill after 2 stops, I ended up seeing the other side of historic Prague.

One of the attractions I saw was this beautiful church, prominently located in front of a big park. I did not know the name of this church, just got in and admired the beautiful altar, knaves, walls, etc that I saw inside. Said my prayers and took several pictures.

From some TA reviewers, I learned that this is St Ignatius Church!
Written 7 October 2018
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Bryan W
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand261 contributions
Quite gaudy
Sep. 2018 • Couples
I like minimalist holy places where you can feel the 'thin space'. At. Ignatius in Prague is too stuffed with art to meet that criteria. Nevertheless it is an example of what says, and the art work is impressive. The marble also illustrates the wealth that the Jesuit movement must have attained, and the transition from stone columns, if that sort of data lights your candle.
Written 6 September 2018
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George
Nicosia, Cyprus1,929 contributions
Kostel sv. Ignáce
Apr. 2018 • Friends
We got the opportunity to visit this catholic church (there is no entrance fee) and was amazed to see how beautiful it was inside.
Written 15 April 2018
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arnbrown
San Jose, CA35 contributions
morning mass was special at 6am
Mar. 2018 • Solo
The concierge at our hotel said that nothing was open early in the morning, not even the church, I went anyway and was very pleasantly surprised to find Thur Mass taking place. A beautiful church and you can either wait in the vestibule and see the altar and all the gold statutes or proceed inside to participate with the worshipers. The interior is small but charming and the ceiling is amazingly ornate. I did not get there early enough or stay long enough to walk through the church, but I wish I did get a chance. Much is in Czech but this did not damper the feeling I got from this holy place or the beauty of the interior. I love to discover hidden gems and also to get a feeling of the local culture... you can do both here with just a 30 min visit, plus add some balance to your trip.
Written 4 April 2018
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