Lobkowicz Palace and Prague Loreto: A Centuries-Old Historical Connection
The Lobkowicz Palace and the Prague Loreto offer visitors a new combined ticket. This includes a visit to the Lobkowicz Palace Museum and a tour of the Prague Loreto complex.
The Prague Loreto is a Baroque pilgrimage site with a long and captivating history. It was conceived to replicate the legend of the original Santa Casa (Holy House or House of the Virgin Mary) in the Holy Land, which suggests that angels transported the Santa Casa to the Italian town of Loreto.
The Holy House dwells in the heart of the Loreto’s picturesque courtyard — defined by its Italian stucco relief paneling and surrounded by six chapels and cloistered arcades. Its interiors are decorated with 17th-century frescoes and reliefs illustrating the life of the Virgin Mary, as well as a decorative altar displaying a statue of Our Lady of Loreto (copying the original Italian model made of cedar wood).
Passersby will likely hear the chiming 27-bell carillon of the Bell Tower, which plays a Loretan Marian song every hour.
The Church of the Nativity is situated behind the Holy House. It was designed by German architect Christoph Dientzenhofer and consecrated in 1737. Its ornamental Rococo interiors showcase ceiling frescoes by Václav Vavřinec Reiner and two wax-headed skeletons of saints Felicissima and Marcia.
Equally impressive is the church’s treasury which holds one of the largest and most valuable collections of liturgical objects in Bohemia, including its famous “Prague Sun,” a monstrance with over 6,000 diamonds.
The Prague Loreto shares close ties to the Lobkowicz family. This place of pilgrimage, not far from Prague Castle, was founded in 1626 by Benigna Kateřina Lobkowicz. She also established the Lobkowicz family crypt, situated below the Holy House.
The Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle is home to the highly acclaimed Lobkowicz Palace Museum. Opened in 2007, the Lobkowicz Palace Museum features world-famous paintings by Canaletto, Bruegel, and Velázquez; Medieval and Renaissance works of art; exceptional arms and armor; and ceramics, including the largest surviving Delft dinner service in the world (c. 1685). Also on view are fine musical instruments and rare, hand-annotated manuscripts by many of the greatest composers of the 18th-19th centuries, including Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. The Collections are vividly brought to life with a family-narrated audio guide. The audio tour is free with the price of admission and available in nine languages.
The Palace also hosts classical music concerts every weekend, boasts a spectacular view and delicious menu at the Lobkowicz Palace Café, and offers unique items in the Museum Gift Shop.
Recommended Route: Begin your tour by foot from Pohořelec (tram 22) to the Loreto. After your visit, continue across Hradčany Square to the main entrance of Prague Castle. From the castle’s third courtyard, follow Jiřská Street until you see the Lobkowicz Palace on the right.
Opening Hours & Addresses
Daily: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
119 00 Praha 1
+420 702 201 145