The current event calendar of St. Salvator Church is full of concerts, lectures, and other cultural events. If you want to experience a powerful spiritual atmosphere, attend a friendly church service and listen to the appealing sound of the organ and choir melodies, this where you should go.
Explosive political history
The foundation stone of the largest evangelical church in Prague was laid in 1611, after the freedom of religion was legalised in the Czech lands. The construction took three years. Nobleman Jáchym Ondřej Šlik bought the estate to build a church for German Lutherans. Later, he was one of the 27 executed lords at the Old Town Square. In the politically tense period before the Battle of White Mountain, the church dedicated to the Saviour (Salvator = Saviour) was a symbol of the anti-Habsburg campaign.
After the lost Battle of White Mountain, St. Salvator Church was confiscated and handed over to the Roman Catholic Church. It did not stay there for a long time either, its monastery was abolished because of Joseph II’s church reforms of 1796. St. Salvator Church was turned into a mint. In 1857, Prague Protestants got the church back for 15 thousand guldens and it has belonged to the parish congregation of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethern till today.
Organ evenings at St. Salvator Church
Forget opulent church concerts with tourists; you can experience a music programme with a magical spirit atmosphere at St. Salvator Church. There are regular organ evenings with voluntary admission and concerts of the church choir. The church choir has existed since the 1970s and anyone interested in choir singing is welcome to participate.
Cultural and spiritual enlightenment
You can also attend gripping lectures by both cultural and spiritual personalities at St. Salvator Church. Important historians, writers, journalist, or priests meet those interested in the discussion. The local parish also cares for parents with children and organizes biblical hours and various gatherings for them.
How to get there
The church of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethern is located in the Old Town between Salvátorská, Kostečná and Dušní Streets, close to Dvořákovo Embankment. You can walk there from the Old Town Square or Náměstí republiky Square (where you can find a metro station) through winding narrow streets in a few minutes. Or you can walk from the Dlouhá třída tram stop which is just a few dozen meters from the church.