Bethlehem Chapel, Prague

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The Bethlehem Chapel is a medieval religious building in the Old Town of Prague, Czech Republic, notable for its connection with the origins of the Bohemian Reformation, especially with the Czech reformer Jan Hus.HistoryIt was founded in 1391 by Wenceslas Kriz, and John of Milheim, and taught solely in the Czech vernacular, thus breaking with German domination of the Medieval Bohemian church. The building was never officially called a church, only a chapel, though it could contain 3,000 people; indeed, the chapel encroached upon the parish of Sts. Philip and James, and John of Milheim paid the pastor of that church 90 grossi as compensation. Hus became a rector and a preacher in March 1402. After Hus's excommunication in 1412, the Pope ordered the Bethlehem chapel to be pulled down, although this action was rejected by the Czech majority on the Old Town council. After Hus's death, he was succeeded by Jacob of Mies.In the 17th century, the building was acquired by the Jesuits. It fell into disrepair and in 1786 it was demolished; in 1836–1837 an apartment building was built in its place. Under the Czechoslovakian communist regime the building was restored by the government to its state at the time of Hus. Most of the chapel's exterior walls and a small portion of the pulpit date back to the medieval chapel. The wall paintings are largely from Hus's time there, and the text below is taken from his work De sex erroribus, and contrast the poverty of Christ with the riches of the Catholic Church of Hus's time.
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  • Twice I found the Church closed ... information about aperture on a window that is not noticed ... I desistito...la facade is not sensational.
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  • I have been interested in religious reformation in Europe but I didn't know Jan Hus. So this chapel was so attractive for me. The chapel was simple unlike many other Christian chapels and churches in ...  more »
  • The Chapel is located on a lovely square of the same name. The original monument was destroyed, it is a faithful copy has referred symbolism to honor Jan Hus who was preaching in this Chapel, it's here that was born the hussite movement. The entrance fee is 60 CZK, on the ground floor, the restored chapel and an exhibition floor a Jan Hus. Honestly there is not much to see but we were greeted by a very lovely lady who gave us a lot of explanations in french and more, on this time religious and political climate. His home and his passion for this building we do have a very good time. Thank you Ma'am!
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  • Unless you are fan of the czeck history this place is not a great attraction. Basically you will need to pay money for them to allow you to get inside the chapel which is a huge square with tons of chairs. Nothing compared to a regular church or real chapel. They lend you a piece of paper that describes each one of the four walls of the chapel. The texts you will read are something like ‘the North side wall has 1 big window and 2 small windows and a drawing’ which to us was not very interesting. We were in and out in few minutes with a few czk less... now, if you are familiar with czeck history then you may be able to appreciate the place a little better.
  • The chapel isn't a great attraction in itself, but a focal point for those interested in the Protestant Reformation, since the Reformer John Huss was a former pastor here. There's a plaque on the wall outside dedicated to him.
  • Very basic chapel with a lot of Reformation history
  • Magical place. We have been here several times and every time we are amazed. Definitely worth the visit if you are around Old Town.
  • Beatiful place
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