St. Salvator Church in Prague is part of a group of buildings forming the oldest Czech Jesuit College - the Klementinum
This large majestic church is a city landmark, located at one end of Charles Bridge, at the entrance to the Old Town.
St. Salvator was originally built by the Jesuits in the Gothic style, between 1578-1601, however many important features are Baroque, added during a final phase of construction between 1649-1654.
The church is considered to be one of the most valuable examples of early-Baroque architecture in Prague. Famous architects Lurago, Caratti and Kanka were all involved with its construction.
St. Salvator has a beautiful Baroque facia, with porticos decorated with sand-stone sculptures of saints by Jan Jirí Bendl. A niche in the wall houses a sculpture of the Virgin Mary.
Inside, the church has three very high aisles, with galleries and a dome painted with frescos.
St. Salvator Church conceals a paradox which characterises the work of the Jesuit Order in Bohemia: in the crypt under the church is buried not only Father Koniáš, the “destroyer of Czech books”, but also Bohuslav Balbín, the “defender of the Czech language”.
Interestingly St. Salvator has not one, but two magnificent organs. These have been recently restored and both are played at Mass and during classical music concerts, which run throughout the year.
During the winter the seats are heated and have cushions, but it is still advisable to wear warm clothing for the concerts.
For listings and to book tickets for classical concerts at St. Salvator Church Charles Bridge: Prague concerts.