Between 1311 and 1394, one of Prague’s most politically significant churches became a part of the architectural landscape of the city. Bethlehem Chapel is a Reform Church. Its intent was to provide a space for people to hear their services in Czech and not Latin. From the pulpit within, the fiery leader of the Hussites, Jan Hus, railed every weekend from 1402 to 1412. In fact, the church format, a simple, square hall, focuses on the pulpit, not the main altar.
Bethlehem is a Lazarus church. This, the biggest chapel of its time, became the target of the wrecking ball in the 18th century. It was not until the 1920s, someone unearthed the remnants. These fragments remained idle until 1948. At this time, a decision was made to reconstruct the church. It took until 1954 for the Bethlehem Chapel to again take its rightful place on the streets of Prague. Remarkably, only the southern wall is completely new. In the main hall, you can see the original flagstones and Hus’ pulpit.
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