The Church of Our Lady Victorious is an important sacral building in the Lesser Town, a short walk from the Lesser Town Square. The Renaissance and partially Baroque building was built by German-speaking Lutherans in the early 15th century as a Roman-style basilica. The church is a sought-after place because of its 47-centimetre-tall statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague, which depicts Jesus at the age of 4-5 years. The wax-coated wooden statue comes from Spain and was created in the second half of the 16th century. People believe it has miraculous power. For this reason, the statue attracts a lot of people who pray to it for their healing and recovery and for help in difficult life situations. The Infant is dressed in two gowns and cloaks that are changed according to the current liturgical season. Generally, four basic colours with different meanings are used – white, red, violet and green. Altogether, the Infant Jesus of Prague has 300 different clothes, which can be seen in the freely accessible museum. Every first Sunday in May, the ceremonial coronation of the statue takes place. The Infant Jesus is then displayed in the presbytery, allowing visitors to get an up-close look at it. One of the most precious artefacts is the crown obtained as a gift from Pope Benedict XVI, who crowned the Infant Jesus during his visit in Prague in 2009. The crown is attached separately above the statue.
USEFUL INFORMATION FOR VISITORS
Address: Karmelitská 385/9, Praha 1
GPS coordinates: 50.0855256N, 14.4039056E
PUBLIC TRANSPORT CONNECTIONS
The closest public transport stops near the Church of Our Lady Victorious:
- Hellichova tram stop
OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION
For up-to-date information about the opening hours of the Church of Our Lady Victorious, visit the official website. There is no admission. The church can be visited outside of regular services.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT CHURCH OF OUR LADY VICTORIOUS
Legend has it that the Infant Jesus miraculously appeared to a monk who later created the statue based on his vision. Because of its alleged miraculous power, the statue attracts a great number of people who pray to it. The texts of prayers are available here. This website can be also used to write your request that will be taken to the altar and included in the mass prayer intentions the following Thursday. Your request will not be made public.
CHURCH OF OUR LADY VICTORIOUS AND NEARBY HISTORICAL SIGHTS
When visiting the Church of Our Lady Victorious, there are plenty of other interesting sights nearby to explore, including the Petřín Funicular, the Petřín Lookout Tower, Nerudova Street, the Lesser Town Square, Charles Bridge, the John Lennon Wall, the Church of St Nicholas, Vrtba Garden, the Czech Museum of Music, the Werich Villa and many others.