Religious Services in the Czech Republic

Christian, Jewish, Islamic and other religious services Staff Jason Pirodsky

Written by StaffJason Pirodsky Published on 27.11.2008 16:57:15 (updated on 27.11.2008) Reading time: 4 minutes

On the face of it, the Czech Republic may not seem the best place to start looking for religious activity as it is one of the most secular states in Europe. This is partly a result of almost 50 years of religious suppression during communist rule, which is ironic considering the splendor of many of the well-preserved churches in the Czech Republic. Nevertheless, if you know where to look, you will find a host of religious groups based in and around Prague.


The Prague Fellowship is an independent Czech church officially founded in 1990. They meet at the Evangelical Methodist Church at Ječná 19 (at the back of the courtyard), Prague 2. The group forms the English-speaking community of the larger Czech organization Křesťanské společenství and consists of people from many different backgrounds and denominations.

The New Beginnings Christian Center also offers services in English, including a Sunday Service in English on Sunday morning and a Czech-English Sunday Service in the afternoon. Other classes and services in English are offered throughout the week. The Center is located at the Vysočanská Life Center, near the Vysočanská metro station in Prague 9.

St Clement’s Anglican Episcopal Church (Klimentská 5) celebrates the Eucharist every Sunday at 11:00.

For Catholics, the Augustinian parish of Saint Thomas has an English-speaking Catholic Community. Mass in English is held at the Church of Saint Thomas on Josefská 8 in Malá Strana Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings. The Parish also offers classes and other religious services throughout the week.

For Baptists, the Baptist Union of the Czech Republic can provide some general information. There is also the International Baptist Church of Prague – even if this is not what you´re looking for, that´s no reason to stop you putting your head round the door. Their website states they also welcome, “agnostics, unbelievers, seekers, the curious, sinners, doubters, strugglers, the spiritually wounded, the lonely, the broken hearted, the disillusioned.” That seems to cover just about everybody.

There is also the International Pentecostal Fellowship, a branch of the United Pentecostal Church International. They meet in Old Town Square just behind Týn Church. The church offers its own Bible school along with an assortment of ministries, including ladies´ meetings, men´s meetings and orphanage outreach program.

You can read more about Christianity in the Czech Republic at the Prague Christian Library.

Anglican Episcopal   
Klimentská 5, Prague 1 
+420 233 310 266

Augustinian Parish of Saint Thomas
Josefská 8, Prague 1
+420 257 532 675

Baptist Union of the Czech Republic
Na Topolce 14, Prague 4
+420 241 434 256

International Baptist Church of Prague
Vinohradská 68, Prague 3
+420 731 778 735

International Pentecostal Fellowship
Týnská 7, Prague 1
+420 602 334 523

New Beginnings Christian Center
Vysočanská Metro, Prague 9
+420 774 080 856

Prague Christian Fellowship
Eliášova 15, Prague 6
+420 222 505 020

Prague Christian Library
Baranova 32, Prague 3
+420 222 724 856


Pick up any guide to the city and you´ll see Prague has been hugely influenced by Judaism. The Jewish Quarter remains hugely popular (especially among tourists) – and rightly so, due to its wealth of history, culture, and beautiful synagogues. Likewise, there is a flourishing Jewish community here, too. For more information have a look at the Chabad Centre, Prague.

Chabad Centre, Prague
Pařížská 3, Prague 1
+420 222 320 200

Jewish Community of Karlovy Vary
Bezručova 8, Karlovy Vary
+420 353 230 658


Muslims are also well catered for in the Czech Republic. The Islamic Foundation has two centers, one in Prague and one in Brno. The Prague branch is in Prague 9 and holds various meetings and courses on Islam.

Islamic Foundation In Brno
Vídeňská 38a, Brno
+420 543 243 352

Islamic Foundation In Prague
Blatská 1491, Prague 9
+420 281 918 876

Mosque in Prague City Center
Politických vězňů 14, Prague 1
+420 732 111 611


Although a pint of beer and fried cheese might seem as far away as you can get from the Orient, religion from the Far East is very popular in the Czech Republic. The Karma Kagyu branch of Buddhism boasts 35 centers across the country. The Prague branch is in Prague 10 and you can visit any day at 8pm to speak to teachers. They also offer lectures, a library, and meditation sessions.

If you feel you need to meditate away from the city, you could visit the beautiful Samadhi Buddhist Meditation Center for a retreat. Based in the village of Tupadly, about 40km north of Prague near Mělník, the 30 acre site is surrounded by forest and offers an ideal place to relax the mind. They also offer a selection of Buddhist study programs for foreign students. For more information on Buddhism in the Czech Republic, have a look at the websites of Buddhismus ( and Lotus Centre in Prague.

Diamond Way Buddhist Center
Hradešínská 52, Prague 10
+420 608 866 454

Lotus Center Prague
Dlouhá 2, Prague 1
+420 224 814 734

Samadhi Buddhist Center
Tupadly, near Mělník
+420 315 697 429


Prague also has an active Hindu association. Hinduismus organizes many events but is mainly aimed at Czech speakers. The Hare Krishna movement has a large following in Prague as well, and they operate a temple in Zličín along with a few restaurants in the city.

Zámecká 202,  Střílky n/a

ISKCON Prague (Hare Krishna)
Jílová 290, Prague 5
+420 603 205 991


The Bahá´í Faith has branches in Prague, Brno, Liberec, Ostrava, České Budějovice, and Hluboká nad Vltavou.

Bahá´í Víra
Lucemburská 33, Prague 3
+420 222 713 496

The Survival Guide & Business Directory 2008/9 was edited by Elizabeth A. Haas & Jason Pirodsky, and written by Laura Baranik, David Creighton, Melissa Deerson, Elizabeth A. Haas, Jacy Meyer, Jason Pirodsky, and Dominic Swire, with contributions from Sarah Castille, Maie Crumpton, James Dean, Julie Fishman, Tascita Gibson, Virginia Harr, Eva Howlings, Sue Legro, Adam Daniel Mezei, Natalie O’Hara, Boban Stemankovich, and Wendy Wrangham. Proofreading by The Villa.

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