St Anne’s Church

St Anne’s Church

Architect
AI - DESIGN
Location
Prague, Czechia | View Map
Project Year
2004
Category
Churches
Ester Havlova

St Anne’s Church

AI - DESIGN as Architects

St Anne’s Church belongs to the former Monastery of the Dominican Sisters in Prague’s Old Town. Built in the fourteenth century on the site of the older St. Lawrence Church, it was one of the most beautiful new buildings of mendicant architecture in the Old Town. During the reign of Emperor Joseph II, the monastery was abolished and the church deconsecrated. The building then served as a print works. At that time, the pavilion turret, the third floor of the tower and the gothic arches were demolished. The church was fitted with wooden floors, which have been preserved to date, and served as a paper warehouse.

photo_credit Ester Havlova
Ester Havlova
photo_credit Ester Havlova
Ester Havlova

 

Reconstruction of the building, including repairs to the outer shell of the church, reconstruction of timberwork, and a new roof, was carried out from the 1970s to the 1990s. Apart from the conservation of the outer and inner shell of the building, preserved elements, murals, and structures, the current reconstruction also aimed to insert interior elements – a stairway to the choir loft, a helical stairway to the tower, a gangway along the perimeter of the timberwork, a stage for performers, new flooring, sanitary facilities for guests and performers, as well as lighting and sound equipment. The aim was to create a multi-purpose venue seating up to 300, suitable for concerts, conferences, exhibitions, theatre performances, company meetings, etc.

photo_credit Ester Havlova
Ester Havlova
photo_credit Ester Havlova
Ester Havlova
photo_credit Ester Havlova
Ester Havlova

 

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