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The 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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  • Like too many churches in Prague this was also closed at least most of the time. Outside was nice and square quite relaxing.  more »
  • The original church where Jan Hus preached is long gone, but this rebuilding is very simple and decorated with large wall paintings that depict era events, including, sadly, his martyrdom. There are p...  more »
  • While it's not the original chapel built on this spot, but it's interesting to see the reconstruction. There's also a nice little exhibit on Jan Hus and the Bohemian reformation.  more »
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  • One of the less crowded attractions in Prague. A very well maintained protestant church where Jan Hus preached during the early 15th C. The paintings on the wall are very well preserved and tell stories of what it symbolizes. There is a small museum on a room upstairs containing relics. 120CZK entrance fee for the church and museum.
  • Interesting place, very high and long sealing for the time it was made. Simple chapel but important for Czech history.
  • Beautiful old Chapel in the centre
  • We have been kicked out by the old lady (glasses and grey hairs) at the front desk. She came with anger opening the door and saying "You are not interested in the Chapel. This is your way (the door)" while reading our touristic guide on the chapel. Trying to explain why we were at the door (while outside it was raining) made her to say "ok", to shake her shoulders and to go away leaving us outside. Her horrible and unjustified behavior is not to be allowed anywhere and it is even less understandable in a Church.
  • Nice museum in which you can see big part of Czech history.Recommended