Historical building, historical art
The St. Agnes Monastery was founded in 1231 by Anežka Přemyslovná, who was an abbess here. It was the first monastery of the Poor Clares north of the Alps. The monastery was the first Gothic building in Prague and an important spiritual center. During the time of Joseph II. the monastery was abolished. It has been used by the National Gallery since 1963. Here you will find an exhibition of medieval art.
The monastery attracts mainly with its churches. The most interesting and oldest is the Church of St. Salvator, which was built by Wenceslas I in 1234. There is also the Church of St. Francis and the Chapel of St. Barbara.
Among the architecturally most interesting part of the tour of the monastery are the interiors of churches, especially the church of St. Salvator and Francis. In addition to the Gothic ceilings, the tombs of Czech monarchs can also be seen here. There is also the tomb of St. Agnes, but her remains are not in the tomb.
Among the most interesting tombstones is undoubtedly the tombstone of Queen Kunhuta of Hungary, the wife of Přemysl Otakar II.
The monastery now serves the National Gallery. We can see medieval art – paintings, sculptures, etc. There are, for example, originals of several paintings from the Karlštejn Chapel, whose author is Master Theodoric.
Around the monastery there are gardens with artistic sculptures. In the summer months there is also a summer cinema.
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