The Chapel of Saint Dorothy

The Chapel originally a small oratory aside the larger St. Thomas dates from the first half of the thirteenth century making it one of the oldest existing ecclesiastical structures in Mala Strana. The lancet-like windows on the south wall however, are all that remain of the earlier structure reworked over the centuries. This Chapel, originally the parochial church for Micro-praga to 1790, had been built in 1228 by King Premysl Ottakar I for the Benedictines of Breznov who at the request of King Vaclav II in 1285 ceded the foundation to the Augustinians. Within its precincts was formerly venerated from 1760 a lovely baroque image encased in a rococo glass cabinet of the Einsiedlin Madonna and Child – complete with moveable arms. For security reasons the statue is now in Saint Thomas monastery. Three altars dedicated to Saint Dorothy, Our Lady of Help and Our Mother of Good Counsel without any particular artistic value were dismantled in 1970.

The sanctuary is dominated by a gothic image of the crucified dated from the end of the fifteenth century. The Pieta, a replica of the Bela image executed by Frantisek Pacaka, dates from about 1740.

The centotaphs or commemorative funerary tablets are of Johann Mencel of Kolsdorf (1626), an imperial councillor; the Michs of Vacinov (ca. 1650) and the counts of Hartig.

Two seventeenth century lunettes on the north wall of the Chapel depict incidents from the life of St. Nicholas of Tolentine (+1308) an Augustinian friar, reknown for his miracles.