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St. Agnes Convent – Legends and other curiosities

Let´s take a look with help of this article at the legends and curiosities of this convent.

All about St. Agnes Convent ( Anežský klášter ) read here

Remains of the Bohemian monarchs St. Agnes Convent - Church of Christ the Savior
The convent is one of the significant Prague rarities because not everybody knows that during its construction the Gotic style was not used for such extensive works at all. Therefore it became one of the exceptional Gotic complexes. In the premises please notice the sanctuary of St. Salvator standing in the eastern direction from the Virgin Mary´s Chapel. And what makes it actually unique? Its foundress Agnes and Přemysl Otakar II. wanted it to be the burial place of the Premyslid dynasty. If you want to visit the sanctuary you will reach it through the archway of the Virgin Mary´s Chapel. Headed archways are decorated by the extant portraits of the crowned kings and queens.

Final resting place
The entrance of the tomb of one of the very significant royal dynasties is guarded by Agnes herself.  The tomb has become the final resting place to many important monarchs and contemporary personalities, for instance: Wenceslas I., Přemysl Otakar II. and his wife Kunhuta, Wenceslas II. and his wife Guta and naturally also Agnes of Bohemia, although her real grave is still being searched for by the historians.

St. Agnes Convent - Entry The swallow water
Not only rest the important monarchs here but it is also a place of many fabulous stories and legends. According to one of them an unknown and very exhausted Polish woman came to the convent. She had lost all her money and was looking for refuge by the local nuns. They naturally accepted her and she wanted to reciprocate to them for saving her life. Because she had no financial means she gave them away the secret family recipe for making a healing elixir. The nuns were preparing it according to the recipe and suddenly people were coming asking the nuns to help them ease from their suffering.

The drink was called the swallow water and its healing effects were familiar to many people of that time. After the convent had been closed one of the nuns continued in making the elixir. After her death a few bottles of the precious water were inherited by a widow at whose place the nun had been staying.

During the investigation for the composition of the elixir the researching student died tragically being killed by an explosion. After that people stopped searching for the elixir.

Legend of a murdered girl St. Agnes Convent
Another myth is about love with a tragic end. A daughter of a rich aristocrat fell deeply for a poor dependant. Her father naturally wanted another catch for his daughter and he took steps to hinder their love. He took his daughter to the Agnes Convent. However, she was suffering a lot, she was crying all the time and the nuns let her father know he should better take her from the convent away.

So the father made for the convent in the evening. Unfortunatelly he met his daughter´s lover in the street who was about to elope her from the convent. This made the father very angry, he pricked both of them by his sword and he cursed his daughter: „You ungrateful daughter! For your mean deed you shall not find your peace even in the grave! For so long you shall wonder through the convent until it stands!“

They managed to save the lover, unfortunatelly not the young girl. The nuns buried her in the convent they and spent long days praying for her but her father´s curse was so strong that the prayers and pleas did not help. The girl was wondering through the dark corridors and through the convent garden as a white phantom.

Lucie Niebauerová

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Address:
U Milosrdných 17,
110 00  Praha 1

Transport:
metro A – station Staroměstská;
metro A – station Staroměstská;
metro B – station Náměstí Republiky;
tram Nr. 5, 8, 14 – station Dlouhá;
tram Nr. 17 – station Právnická fakulta
Public transport
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Opening hours: 10.00 am – 06.00 pm daily excl. Monday

Reception:
Tel.: (+420) 224 810 628

Entrance fees:
Seightseeing of the premises of St. Agnes Convent – free of charge
(no guide)

Collections of the National Gallery in the premises of St. Agnes Convent:
Basic: 150,- CZK
Reduced: 80,- CZK
Families: 200,- CZK
School groups: 20,- CZK

Reduced entrance fees:
- Children 6 – 15 years
- Seniors over 65 years
- Family entrance fees – for parents with children up to 15 years (2 adults and 1-5 children)
- School groups – students, pupils with pedagogic attendance
- Holders of valid international student and teacher cards (ISIC, IYTC,EURO 26, ITIC)

Free entrance – free tickets:
- Children up to 6 years
- Holders of ZTP and ZTP/P cards
- Pedagogic attendance
- Asociace muzeí a galerií (AMG)
- ICOM, ICOMOS, NPÚ
- Zväz múzeí na Slovensku (+3)
- Členové Společnosti přátel NG
- Holders of the Prague Card (Prague tourist card)
- Holders of the V.I.P. card
- Holders of the honorary ticket

Reduction for the České dráhy ticket holders
Holders of ČD tickets in the value of 100 CZK (hundred Czech crowns) which are not older than two calendar months from  the date of their use will be provided a 20% discount for the basic entrance.

The discount can be applied in the following objects of the National Gallery in Prague: St. Agnes of Bohemia Convent, St. George´s Convent, Kinských Palace, Schwarzenberg Palace, Šternberg Palace, Veletržní palác (Fair Palace)

GPS: N 50° 05′ 31.92″ E 14° 25′ 27.84″

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Anežský klášter 50.091958, 14.423429 St. Agnes Convent During our walk along the river Vltava through the street Na Františku which stretches directly accross the E. Beneš Embankment we will visit another of the very important landmarks. On the right the St. Agnes Convent(also Convent of st. Agnes of Bohemia) rises proudly. Let´s go towards the history of another gem of the Old Town. Address: U Milosrdných 17, 110 00  Praha 1 http://www.praguecityline.com/monuments/st-agnes-convent

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  Tourist guide PRAGUE CITY LINE - Prague 1 (14,7 MiB)

Prague 1 still belongs to one of the most attractive parts of the whole Prague. Probably nowhere else you can find such a concentration of historic monuments and places where the history and romance of bygone times are all around you. Hardly anywhere you can walk on the same paths where were walking Franz Kafka, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the Golem of Prague.

 

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