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Church of St. Wenceslas at Zderaz / Kostel Sv. Václava na Zderaze (Prague)
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
N 50° 04.532 E 014° 24.946
33U E 458195 N 5547191
Quick Description: Ancient Romanesque-Gothic Church of St. Wenceslas at Zderaz (Kostel Sv. Václava na Zderaze), originally belongig to Roman Catholic convent, serves from 1929 to Czechoslovak Hussite Church, member of Leuenberg Community of Lutheran Churches.
Location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Date Posted: 4/27/2014 2:22:54 AM
Waymark Code: WMKKGX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 41

Long Description:

Looking from the convenient view-point at the panorama of the south-west part of Prague’s New Town we can observe a Sanctus bell turret positioned slightly above the "Dancing House". Experts in ancient Prague history know that this steeple belongs to an old Prague church of St. Wenceslas at Zderaz (In Czech: Kostel Sv. Václava na Zderaze). This church is interesting not only because of its architecture but also because of its history. The single-aisle building at the corner of Resslova and Dittrichova Street dating from the middle of 14th century forms a Romanesque church, which was probably constructed between 1170-1181. The church was newly vaulted in 1586-1587 and renovated in a Gothic style in 1909 and has only had its present day appearance since 1926.

Since 1278 the Romanesque church was mentioned as a parish church with a cemetery for the use of the local population. The church was maintained by the "Order of Knights of Cross with Red Star". During the Hussite wars the church remained untouched and became a parish sanctuary of the Hussites. Shortly after the battle of White Hill the church became the property of the Augustinian (Barefooted) Order, who built an extensive monastery in the neighbourhood. The monastery and the church were discontinued on 12th March 1785. Since 1809 the monastery has been used as penitentiary and has been extended with additional wings. The church was only reconstructed in 1826 which then provided the prisoners with a place of worship.

The penitentiary was discontinued and its building demolished after a new penitentiary was constructed at Pankrác. The church was supposed to be demolished as well due to its poor condition but instead it was purchased by the Czechoslovak Church Congregation, who repaired the church in order to use it for their own purposes. The church was opened on 29th September 1929 and dedicated again to St. Wenceslas – Patron of Bohemia.

Active Church: Yes

School on property: No

Date Built: 1/1/1170

Service Times: Sunday 9:30 AM

Website: [Web Link]

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