Monastery in Kateřinky

The foundation stone of the monastery of the Augustinian order was laid in 1355. The convent church of St. Kateřina was built together with the monastery and it wasn’t consecrated until 28th November 1367. Then the Hussite revolution came, and on May 20th, 1420 the Taborite movement burned down and destroyed the  monastery and the church burned. After the war the church was recovered with great difficulty and it was re-consecrated in 1522.

However, the monastery was waning, first inhabited only by the Prioress and after her death it became completely empty. Emperor Maximilian II gave the abandoned monastery to the Augustinian order at Malá Strana but they never returned to the monastery. Other times of prosperity did not occur until the early 18th century when a new monastery building was erected and in 1737 a foundation stone was laid for a new church.

The building plans were worked out by K.I.Dientzenhofer. Thus was constructed a baroque hall building with a semicircular cross arms with the interior decorated with frescoes by Václav Vavřinec Reiner. In 19th and the early 20th centuries the monastery served as an asylum. This is a place where Czech composer Bedřich Smetana died in 1884. Czech satirist writer Jaroslav Hašek, the author of the famous Good Soldier Švejk. Today, the main building still houses the psychiatric clinic.

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