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Loretánské námětí 7, 10000 Praha
GPS: 50° 05' 21" N
14° 23' 31" E
The Loreta (www.loreta.cz) gets its name from the Italian pilgrimage site called Loreto, where the Santa Casa can be found (the house in Nazareth, inhabited by the Virgin Mary when she was visited by the Archangel Gabriel who told her she was to give birth to Jesus).
The Capuchin Order ran this place of pilgrimage and built the first monastery in the country next to the Loreta.
The Santa Casa is decorated with marble reliefs and can be found in the middle of the central courtyard surrounded by six chapels.
The façade of the Loreta is dominated by the famous Loreta Carillon – 30 bells which every hour play an old song dedicated to the Virgin Mary. A keyboard allows any melody to be played on the carillon; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ferenc Liszt used this curious instrument for their concerts. Carillon Concerts are still held at the Loreta to this day.