Found in the Little Quarter area of Prague, Czech Republic, Loreto or Loreta is a historic baroque monastery cloister. The Loreto is also a pilgrimage site with a replica of the “Holy House” of Nazareth as part of the complex. The ornate Church of the Nativity of Our Lord was consecrated in 1738 and includes a ceiling fresco of the Nativity and the original organ which is often used for concerts. The site also includes a small museum with one of the most valuable collections of church treasures in Bohemia. There are several interesting items, including the “Prague Sun”, a monstrance (used for holding a consecrated host for veneration/adoration) with over 6,000 diamonds.
This church is a little older than the average. Saint Vitus Cathedral is in central Prague and is the third church on this site. Construction of this gothic cathedral started in 1344 when the the King of Bohemia wanted a church for coronations, royal burials, and a treasury for the most valuable relics of the kingdom. Work on different parts of this massive church continued at various times over the next 600 hundred years and was considered finally finished in 1929. There is a lot of history online with more details and a virtual tour on the church’s website. In 1997 the church was rededicated as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert.