Church of St. John of Nepomuk / Kostel Sv. Jana Nepomuckého - Košíre (Prague)
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N 50° 04.124 E 014° 21.960
33U E 454628 N 5546464
Quick Description: Monumental Church of St. John of Nepomuk (Kostel Sv. Jana Nepomuckého), parish church of Roman Catholic parish in Prague district Košíre, belongs among the most valuable and interesting Functionalist structures in Prague.
Location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Date Posted: 4/15/2015 12:29:42 PM
Waymark Code: WMNPWF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:

Monumental Church of St. John of Nepomuk (Kostel Sv. Jana Nepomuckého), parish church of Roman Catholic parish in Prague district Košíre, belongs among the most valuable and interesting Functionalist structures in Prague.

The former village Košíre was absorbed by the Capital City of Prague on 1st of January 1922. The area of Košíre expanded in the period between the two world wars. The catechist P. Snížek together with others therefore established the "Association for the new church in Horní Košíre". The ambitious plan came to light in 1934 at the time of father Václav Chlumský. A suitable estate had been purchased and architect Jaroslav Cermák (1901-1990) had been entrusted with the project for the church. Cermák proposed an apparently rigorous solution of a single-aisle central area, which was however very original and impressive. After this project was approved by the respective authorities the Association started the church construction despite the start of the WWII. The construction was carried out in 1940-1942 even though the works were not completed exactly according to the plan. The church was consecrated in honour of Czech national saint St. John of Nepomuk on May 17, 1942. Sadly, the director of the church construction, Mr. Coufal, and his wife were murdered by Nazis, reputedly for listening to restricted foreign broadcast.

A dominant feature of this Functionalist reinforced-concrete church is slender 50 m high tower. The tower is equipped by a wooden staircase leading up to the top of the tower. The tower is crowned with an open belfry (with three bells) in the shape of the letter "U" turned up side down. The very top of the tower carries the cross.

Type of Church: Church

Status of Building: Actively in use for worship

Date of building construction: 5/17/1942

Dominant Architectural Style: Functionalism

Archdiocese: Prague

Diocese: Prague

Address/Location:
Kostel sv. Jana Nepomuckého
Nepomucká ulice
Praha 5 - Košíře, Czech Republic
150 00


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Date of organization: Not listed

Associated Shrines, Art, etc.: Not listed

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