St. James Basilica

Malá Štupartská 6, Praha 1

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Address:Malá Štupartská 6, Praha 1
Capacity:230
Winter heating:No
Wheelchair access:Yes
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St. James Basilica is renowned for its organ concerts and festivals

The impressive interior of the St. James Basilica is a treasury of Baroque art. Since the 13th century, St. James Basilica belonging to the Franciscan order has been an important spiritual center of Prague. It has been also a stop on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Throughout history, the church was spared from destruction by butchers' guild who had their meat market close by.

Of many legends related to the church the most famous is the legend of a thief whose severed hand of sin is still hanging on a chain in the church. In 1976, the Pope Paul VI. granted to the church a honorary title of Basilica Minor. 

The origin of St. James' large organ dates to the very beginning of the 18th century. After a major fire in 1689, a new organ was built by Abraham Stark of Loket, who had by then already produced several organs for various localities in Bohemia. The new two-manual organ was completed in 1705. The organ´s case, which is still admired today, was also unique for its time.

In 1941, the organ was enlargened and the Romantic disposition was added to original Baroque one. The latest reconstruction was completed in 1982 by „Varhany Krnov“ (Rieger-Kloss). All of Stark’s original voices, mostly including original pipes, were preserved, as well as many interesting Romantic tone-colours. At present the organ has four manuals, 91 speaking stops and 8,277 pipes.

See the detailed information about the organ.

Organ concerts in St. James's Basilica are considered among the best concerts in Prague.

How to get there:

  • Accessibility by public transport:
    metro B (yellow line) - Náměstí Republiky station
    trams Nos. 6, 8, 15, 26 - Náměstí Republiky stop
  • Nearest car parking:
    underground of Kotva Shopping Centre or Palladium Parking, Prague 1

Upcoming events

St. James Basilica Organ Festival in Prague

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August-September 2020

Beautiful performances on the largest organ in Prague (and second largest in Czech Republic). St. James Basilica presents the 25th edition of the famous international organ festival. The church is situated in the beating heart of Prague.

Rudolfinum Czech Philharmonic Chamber

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Summer concerts 2020

Czech Philharmonic presents a new series called Summer concerts performed by Czech Philharmonic orchestra members. From June to August there will be 25 various programmes available in the main hall of Rudolfinum. Take a look!

Prague Dinner Concerts - classical and jazz

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Enjoy an unforgettable dinner with live music in Prague. Jazz, classical, traditional. Some great Prague event venues such as Boccaccio Hall or Jazz Boat. Romantic ambiance. Great musicians. Exquisite meal. Choice is yours.

Klementinum classical music concerts in Prague

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All year round: Klementinum Mirror Chapel, Klementinum St. Salvator Church or Klementinum St. Clement Cathedral offer regular concerts of classical music. Orchestral or chamber concerts often accompanied by organ.

Tickets for Sightseeing Tours in Prague

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Discover the beauty of Prague and Czech Republic. We offer walking tours, boat trips, bus excursions. Art tours, running tours. Learn about rich Czech history. Private or group tours. Local guides, great knowledge.

Group Discounts

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We offer group discounts

Are you a group of 10+ people? Do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to negotiate the best price for you. Simply choose the event and we will take care of the rest.

Gift Certificates

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Special Present

Is someone precious to you planning a trip to Prague? Why don´t you surprise them with a unique present! We are pleased to offer you Via Musica Gift Certificate.

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