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The Capuchin monastery is the first of its kind in the Czech Republic. The monastery is located on Loretskaya square, near the Loreta monastery.
The monastery was founded by Saint Lawrence of Brindisi in 1601. The architectural appearance of the monastery combines the Baroque and Renaissance styles.
In the 17th century, the court astrologer and astronomer Rudolf II Tycho Brahe, who had an observatory in the backyard of the monastery, nearly closed the monastery. The reason for this decision was the monks, who interfered with the scientist with their bell ringing and singing. Brahe endured for quite a long time, but in the end, unable to resist, he went for forgery. Having presented the maps of the starry sky to the emperor, he explained, that the arrangement of the stars indicates a possible conspiracy on the part of the Capuchins, during which the emperor would be stripped of power and even killed. Also, the valet of the Emperor Makovsky added oil to the fire, who said that all the diseases of the ruler originate from the Capuchin prayers. After these statements, Rudolph II signed a decree on the expulsion of the Capuchins from Prague, but the Supreme Chancellor of the Kingdom refused to put his resolution on the document. Finally, the monastery was saved by the intercession of the Catholic nobility, as well as the painting"Adoration of the Magi" presented by the Order of the Capuchins.
Earlier in the main church there was an organ played by the great composer Mozart.
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