Bethlehem Chapel

Vanickova 7, Praha, 16017

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The Bethlehem Chapel is a national monument and the first sermonic church in Europe. The Chapel was founded by two Prague commons - shopkeeper Jan Kríž and courtier Hanuš of Mühlheim - in 1391. In the founding document dated 24 May 1391, both the donors specifically stipulated that the Chapel should serve to sermonize in the Czech language. The Chapel was built between 1391 and 1394 and Mr. Jan Hus sermoned there between 1402 and 1413. From its very beginning, it was closely connected to Charles University. The interest of Prague commons in the Catholic Church reform movement and the progressive efforts at the University found common grounds at the Bethlehem Chapel. The Chapel was owned by the University between 1638 and 1661. In 1786, a major part of the Chapel was torn down; however, in the fifties of the 20th century, the Chapel was restored according to the project prepared by architect Fragner to approximately correspond with its original appearance, using the preserved fragments of the original walls.

Bethlehem Chapel

Vanickova 7, Praha, 16017

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