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“Transcendent Classical Concerts”
Review of St. Giles Church

St. Giles Church
Ranked #94 of 962 things to do in Prague
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Boston, MA
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“Transcendent Classical Concerts”
Reviewed 2 March 2013

The interior of this 13th century church is impressive, specially if you like Baroque ornamentation, but the real reason to visit is for their classical concerts. We stumbled upon an hour long program of songs by Bach, Dvorak, and Mozart to name a few, played by a violinist and organist. The ambiance alone is worth it, but bear in mind that the church is not heated (even if they advertise that it is). Blankets were available, but it was still quite cold. Nevertheless, it's definitely worth braving the cold for an hour. One of my most memorable experiences in Prague.

Visited February 2013
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Herzliya, Israel
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“Good Music, Average Venue”
Reviewed 8 October 2012

This Church, which located 7 minutes walk from the Charles Bridge. It is heavily decorated and probably will be of interest to those who like to visit churches and historical buildings.

They claim to have one of the biggest organs in Prague along with that on the Prague Castle and have daily concerts which include the organ, a violin player and a soprano / tenor. It is said that the revenues from the concert used to keep and restore this 16th century building.

We were there for such a concert. It lasted about an hour, the price was 450CZK. The music was very good, but it was not very comfortable to listen to it there. The musicians and the organ are located on a balcony behind your back. Moreover the benches are extremely uncomfortable (narrow and with some bulge on the back). It was also freezing there (even though the guy who sold the tickets outside said they had heating).

It is a nice church, but if you want to listen to organ music I suggest you do it somewhere else.

Visited October 2012
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“Calm , lonely , amazing”
Reviewed 14 September 2012 via mobile

I was there today , i left for visiting Dancing House !! It was not worth it , then decided to turn back by foot , i checked TripAdvisor and saw this church and it was numbered in 50's ..
Found it , and when i entered there .. It was amazing , beautiful and so calm , and they also have opera events there .. A must see place , if u enjoy walking in prague.

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“Beautiful church, worth a visit.”
Reviewed 27 June 2012

One reviewer lamented the closed gates. I asked one of the young friars that, who happened to be around, and he explained that they have a huge theft problem. On top of that, because of the brutal repression of the Church by the communists, there are fewer practicing Christians here than in most countries. So there are not as many volunteers to watch the Church during the day. Also, much of the land of religious orders was stolen, and the legislature is still drafting a bill to compensate them, so many places do not have money to hire a guide. Anyway, it is a beautiful baroque church. Two things to note are the ornate painting on the ceiling--the Dominicans battling the enemies of the Church. A bit triumphalistic perhaps, but masterfully done. Also, on the left side are two wonderfully carved wooden confessionals, with symbols of death and judgment. Very unusual, and some of the best I have seen.

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“Fenced off religion”
Reviewed 15 December 2011

St Giles looked to be absolutely amazing. The decorations in this church were massive and elaborate. The artwork was stunning. It is such a shame that they have gates that restrict any access to most of the church area – you enter and look into the church from the back through bars like a criminal. It is great to see religion providing so much for the masses…
Very sad that such a staggering church is essentially a no-go. Drop in to take a look, but as you are viewing from a distance, expect to spend only a few minutes.

Visited November 2011
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