Hospital of the Sisters of Mercy of St. Borromeo in Petrin Hill

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Hospital of the Sisters of Mercy of St. Borromeo (former Hospital „Underneath Petřín“) is situated in the lower part of Petřín and below the Strahov Garden. The hospital is administrated by the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of St. Borromeo. In the article we will introduce the history of the hospital and one of the significant regular communities to you.

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History Hospital of the Sisters of Mercy of St. Borromeo
The premises of the hospital were founded by the congregation in 1837 amd shortly afterwards the congregation became the most numerous and most significant order in Bohemia. There were departments of the internal medicine and surgery and also a nursing school. The hospital still worked during WW2 because part of the sisters were German. Besides nursing the sick the sisters also provided shelter to the persecuted people and partisans in their convents and hospitals. After the end of WW2 the nuns markedly looked after the prisoners from the Nazi concentration camps. In 1952 the hospital was nationalized and the local nuns were displades to the frontier areas of the republic. In 1993 the congregation won the hospital back and decided to continue in the health care supply.

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Activities of the hospital Hospital of the Sisters of Mercy of St. Borromeo
Currently the hospital contains the policlinic and beds on both basic and specialized levels (surgery, anaesthetics, resuscitation, dental care, gynaecology, maternity care, neurology, psychiatry etc.).

The Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of St. Borromeo
It is a female regular community which was established in France in the mid 17th century. The first nuns came from France to Bohemia in 1837. The main activities of the Borromeo Sisters are merciful services for sick and socially weak people. The sisters also look after  old and helpless people.

Address:
Vlašská 36
118 33 Praha 1 – Malá Strana

Transport connection:
Bus: 292
– Šporkova station
Tram: 12, 20, 22, 57 – Malostranské náměstí station
Metro: A – Malostranská station (then by tram No.12, 20 or 22 to Malostranské náměstí station) then by bus No. 292 to Šporkova station

From Malostranské náměstí walk to Karmelitská street and on the first traffic lights turn right to Tržiště street and later to Vlašská street. Continue uphill and you will find the hospital at the street end on the right.

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GPS: 50°5’13.389″N, 14°23’45.469″E

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