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Franciscan Garden - a quiet place in the center of Prague

You can see a small garden by the Church of Our Lady of the Snows, between the Wenceslas Square and the Jungmann Square. It is a garden of the Franciscan monastery, founded in the 14 th century. It was built at the same time as the Prague New Town was founded and it was a large medieval garden originally.

Garden of the Franciscan monastery

The order of Barefoot Franciscans gained the monastery in the 17 th century and they restored the garden several times. The garden was used to raise various useful plants, spice, fruit trees and also flowers.

The Franciscan Garden, as well as the monastery and the church, was later desolated by robbers and renewed in the 18 th century.

Damage by the Nazis

Nazi occupants damaged the historical garden in the World War II., they had fire-fighting reservoirs hollowed out there. The Franciscans were expelled from the monastery in 1950s by the Communists. The Franciscan Garden was restored in 1990s.

Early Baroque garden

The present ground plan of the garden is early-Baroque. There is a Baroque pavilion in the middle, probably originally a chapel from the turn of the 18 th century. There is a fenced herb garden around it.

The Franciscan Garden is a quiet place for relaxation, equipped with benches. The near Franciscan monastery was given back to the monks of the order after the fall of Communist regime.

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