Church of Our Lady Victorious (Infant Jesus of Prague) (Kostel Prazskeho Jezulatka)

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Key Info

Karmelitská 9

Price & Hours

Free

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Free, Churches/Religious Sites Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The Infant Jesus of Prague statue was carved in an unknown location around 1340 and found its way to Prague more than 100 years later. While the origin of the Infant Jesus statue remains unconfirmed (legend has it that the figure originally belonged to Saint Teresa of Ávila), the statue certainly plays a significant role in Prague and the Roman Catholic Church. Many notable figures attributed miracles to the Infant Jesus of Prague over time, bolstering its status as a holy symbol. These miraculous claims were compounded by the church and statue’s continued security, despite the multiple wars and periods of unrest in the city. As the statue’s profile grew, copies of the Infant Jesus of Prague were (and continue to be) sent to churches around the world.

Regardless of their religious orientation, previous travelers praise the church for its beautiful decor. Visitors also tend to appreciate the small museum upstairs, which houses a variety of the Infant Jesus of Prague’s robes. Keep in mind that the ornate interior of the church is tiny, so don’t allot a significant amount of time for the Church of Our Lady Victorious ( Infant Jesus of Prague) unless you intend to attend mass.

Admission to the church is free. The church opens daily at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday, while the church’s museum and souvenir shop both operate on reduced hours. Be sure to time your visit around mass, which takes place in Czech at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday with English and Spanish services at 5 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Sunday mass is held in a variety of languages throughout the day. The church sits east of Petrin Hill, and Hellichova station is the closest tram stop. Visit the church’s website for more information.

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