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Church of St. James

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Stare Mesto (Old Town)
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Address: Old Town, Prague, Czech Republic
09:30 - 12:00
14:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 12:00
14:00 - 16:00

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Beautiful Church with interesting story!

I had to visit to see the mummified arm that hangs in the church. Legend says the arm is from a jewel thief who tried to steal from the high altar, which has a statue of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Linda B
Raleigh, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Known locally as basilica of St Jakob. Open door church with an amazing interior, but even with no parishioners they don't allow pictures. Considering how many poor people gave their money to the church that doesn't seem nice. Phooey! (I got a picture anyway!). Yes, it has a mummified hand but it's hard to see.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had to visit to see the mummified arm that hangs in the church. Legend says the arm is from a jewel thief who tried to steal from the high altar, which has a statue of the Virgin Mary. It is believed that when the thief tried to steal the jewels, Mary grabbed his arm and would not let go,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This beautiful church is in the heart of old town is one the places you shouldn't miss.Church's acoustics are great so there are many concerts held here. It has remarkable history.It also has a arm of jewel thief as a warning for other thieves.

Thank aryathosar
Lakeland, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

St. James is considered the most beautiful church in Prague. There is a mummified hand of a thief hanging above the door.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful sculpture, but not as grand as St Nicholas church. The most interesting story about this church is the 400+ old hand, which we are unable to find in the church, quite disappointed about it.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Another church that does not look like much from outside but is beautiful inside. It was located right by our hotel and only on day two I saw it was a church when I went to look inside the door. It turned out to be a great "smaller" church.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

this is a truly beautiful interior. Personally I love over decoration but it may not be for the more subtle taste. Beautiful handiwork everywhere celebrating the craftsmen rather than the patrons. Well worth a visit.

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Washington, DC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

This isn't my favortie church by any means. We were shocked at how elaborate the inside of the church is, and that may or may not appeal to you. The six-hundred year old severed arm comes with a story, but it not exactly a highlight. I found the church a bit dark and narrow for my taste. Still, if chruches... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

The Church of St James is one of Pragues most beautiful churches and is a great attraction that is free to enter . The ceiling is jaw dropping,great paintings,magnificent stained glass windows,the alter ,organ and the amazing details and reliefs,this is one truely beautiful outstanding piece of architecture . Located just off the Old Town Square and well worth checking... More 

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We were drawn to the building on our first day as we wandered around. We heard music coming from inside and were drawn in. The music and smoke from incense along with the beautiful interior really did take my breath away. Each time we visited I noticed something else. Definitely worth a visit.

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One of the oldest neighbourhoods in town represents the medieval heart of Prague. It’s no surprise it is bustling with tourists every time of day. Križovnický square, overlooking Charles Bridge with Prague Castle in the background, is probably the most beautiful square in the city. Its unique historical atmosphere of gothic houses and churches, cobblestone streets and squares, and stone towers blend together with the modern era. A vast array of bars, restaurants, dance clubs, international brand shops, galleries and hotels bring life to the old city. With its charming and picturesque cobblestone streets, the nightlife and parties will surely be unforgettable.
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