02 - Church of Our Mother of Loretto

The church is the oldest temple in Praga. It was built in the 17th century during the reign of King Sigismund III Vasa for the Bernardine Order. Initially, it was a modest wooden church. Only the son of Zygmunt III, Władysław IV, laid the cornerstone for a brick church in the Baroque style. However, the most important thing is what is inside. It is a Loreto house which refers to the house where Mary was born and where Jesus Christ was raised. The first such house was built in the church of Loreto, Italy, hence its name. Currently, although there are no Bernardines here anymore, it attracts many faithful of Warsaw’s Praga. Few people know that Our Lady of Loreto is still in the coat of arms of Prague to this day.

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