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Church of Assumption of Virgin Mary - Strahov Monastery Courtyard, Hradčany

Church of Assumption of Virgin Mary

Strahov Monastery Courtyard, Hradčany

Strahov courtyard is dominated by the three-naved abbey church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, originally a Romanesque basilica from the 12th cenutry, rebuilt in Renaissance and Baroques styles with Baroque decorations. The main face of the church and the portal were made by A.M.Lurago between 1743-51, the statues are works of J. A. Quittainer. Sculptural decorations of the main altar were done by I. F. Platzer in 1768, the side alters by J. A. Quittainer. The reconstruction and decoration of the church was also done by stuccoworkers G. B. Bossi de Campione and M. I. Palliardi, painters V. Neunherz, J. Kramolín, I. Raab, S. Nosecký, F. X. Balko, J. K. Liška and M. L. Willmann. In the church the remains of the monastery founders Vladislav and Jindřich Zdík were buried in a long-forgotten spot and also other members of the Premyslide dynasty. The sides of the church lead into the St.Norbert Chapel where the remains of St.Norbert and St. Ursula lie and also the chapel of Virgin Mary of Passau with a tomb of 30 Years War hero General Gottfried of Pappenheim. In 1787 W. A. Mozart himself played on the church organ. In 1992 Pope John Paul II. named the church a Basilica minor (title for the most important Catholic churches).

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