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The Bethlehem Chapel, Prague

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Monument Religious Site
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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  • We were lucky enough to be greeted by a lovely passionate lady who made an effort to speak french. The entry price is low and you will discover the doctrine of Jan Hus father of Reformed Church that advocated simplicity and equality and who ended up... on the pyre.
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  • The chapel is a reconstruction on the site where the great reformer Jan Hus preached. It is not ornate but it's important to the foundation of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation. Hus was a r...  more »
  • While wandering around the amazing Old Town of Prague we chanced on Bethlehem Chapel,in a previous review I had mistook Betlemska Kapel Na Zizkove with this chapel,the difference is like night and day...  more »
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  • Magical place. We have been here several times and every time we are amazed. Definitely worth the visit if you are around Old Town.
  • 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.
  • Really I'm disappointed with this place. I was looking for it but when I was there it's an empty place
  • Here worked Jan Hus, Czech priest, Master of Charles University, church reformer and key predecessor to Protestantism.
  • Interesting place, very high and long sealing for the time it was made. Simple chapel but important for Czech history.

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