• June 14, 2018

Convent of Saint Agnes in Prague

Convent of Saint Agnes in Prague

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The Convent of Saint Agnes, also called Na Františku, is situated on the right bank of the Vltava River in the historic area of the Old Town. The monastery of Poor Clares of the Order of Saint Clare and Francisians was probably founded in 1231 by Agnes of Bohemia, who also became the abbess of the convent. The convent architecture was especially influenced by two circumstances. First, it was the fact that its founder came from a royal family and thus had enough funds and political influence, and second, the fact that she was brought up in convents so she knew that lifestyle very well and also knew all the conditions concerning the practical use of the buildings. As a result of those circumstances, the convent had a strikingly generous conception from the very beginning