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Loreto, Prague, Czech Republic

Loreto Prague is a complex of buildings that have become a Marian pilgrimage site. The central point is the Italian-style Santa Casa, or Holy House, which depicts in stucco and bricks the humble life of the Holy Family. The Our Lady of Loreta church was built by Giovanni Battista Orsi in 1626 – 1631.

The Baroque and highly ornate Church of the Nativity of Our Lord (Killian Ignac Dienzenhofer, 1734 – 1735) is encircled by a cloister and chapels. The spire houses a carillon dating to the 17th century that consists of 27 Loreta bells; every hour between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the carillon plays the song “We Greet You 1,000 Times,” composed by Antonín Leopold Dvo?ák. The most valuable item of the liturgical treasury is the Loreta Treasure, a collection of sacred object from the 16th to 18th centuries. The most famous of these is a monstrance adorned with 6,500 diamonds.

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