The 17th century Baroque Refectory in the Old Town forms part of the Dominican monastery connected to Jilji Church
At the time of the Refectory's construction, the Dominican monastery was the most important in the Czech lands.
The Refectory gained its stunning present day appearance as a result of a Baroque reconstruction, thought to have been completed by 1712.
The Refectory is a significant hall within a monastery, somewhere monks dine, but also where ceremonies, prayers and blessings that accompany meals are performed.
The elaborate Baroque works resulted in rich stucco decoration of the walls and arches, topped with nearly fifty paintings and frescoes depicting various scenes. As the main function of the hall was dining, paintings in the central area display scenes of feasting.
The monumental arch shows the Wedding at Cana in Galilee, capturing the moment when ministers fill a container with water, which Jesus transforms into wine on the request of his mother.
The adjacent painting depicts St. Jilji supplying a wounded female dear with water, and St. Dominic and his brothers being served by angels. These were inspired by the legendary patron and founder of the convent. The banquet scene at the head of the room is based on the Gospels and Dominican legends.
In the recesses of the windows is a series of eighteen portraits of saints and the blessed, whose mission is the manifestation of the spiritual significance of the Dominican Order (St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Vincent Ferrer, St. Catherine of Siena and others).
The historical beauty of the Dominican Baroque Refectory and the monastery complex attracts film makers. Scenes from the film Amadeus, directed by Milos Forman, were filmed here.
During the winter the interior of the hall is heated, but it is advisable to wear warm clothing for the concerts.
For concert listings and to book tickets: Prague concerts.