Křižovnické náměstí: Church of the Holy Saviour

Krizovnicke nam

The Jesuit church of the Holy Saviour (Sanctus Salvator) was built between 1578 and 1653 according to designs by Carlo Lurago and Francesco Caratti, with magnificent stucco work by Domenico Galli. The church’s imposing facade marks the entrance to the Old Town of Prague, and the square in which its stands also contains the older monastery and church of Saint Francis.

The early baroque Sanctus Salvator forms one corner of the Klementinum complex which later housed Charles University and is currently home to the Czech National Library. The entrance to the library can be seen to the immediate left of the church. Above the door an inscription tells that ‘Joseph Augustus II dedicated [this building] to the instruction of the clergy and the support of religion in 1783’.