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Chapel of the Holy Cross in Prague

You can find the Chapel of the Holy Cross in the 2 nd Prague Castle Courtyard. It was built in 1763 and it became temporarily a treasury of the St. Vitus Cathedral in the 20 th century. Valuable works of art can be seen in the chapel.

History of the chapel

During the reign of Maria Theresa in the 18 th century, the Prague Castle was modified and some new buildings were added. The Chapel of the Holy Cross was built by Anselmo Lurago between 1758 and 1763 according to plans made by the court architect Pacassi.

The original Baroque manner of the building was changed to the Classicist style in the 19 th century, when the Prague Castle was rebuilt for Emperor Ferdinand I. The monarch lived at the Prague Castle in seclusion after he abdicated from his office in 1848. The Chapel of the Holy Cross became his family sanctuary.

Interior of the Holy Cross Chapel

The high altar in the chapel is from the Baroque era, as well as the crucifixion painting at the altar. It is decorated with sculptures by I. F. Platzer. The walls are painted with scenes from the Old and New Testaments.

St. Vitus treasure

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is the place, where the St. Vitus treasure (the treasure of the St. Vitus Cathedral) was exhibited since 1961. Shrines, liturgical objects, chasubles, jewels and other valuable objects were displayed there till 1990.

A shop of the Prague Castle Administration is in the chapel nowadays.

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