DientzenhoferSmallWithTextFebruary 2015 - The Friends organised a lecture in the Czech Embassy, London, 'Kilián Ignac Dientzenhofer (1689-1751) - Architect and Master Builder in 18th century Bohemia' by Caroline Cannon-Brookes, art historian, former lecturer at Leeds University, held on 5th February 2105.

The event was organised with the co-operation of the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

Dientzenhofer was born in Prague into a family of architects of Bavarian origin. The talk particularly featured his best-known projects in Prague, on some of which his father Christoph also worked, including the Jesuit church of St Nicholas in Malá Strana, the Benedictine abbey and church of St Margaret at Břevnov, the Vila Amerika and the Loreto Monastery, but also took in many of his other works in Prague and elsewhere in Bohemia, as well as the abbey and church of St. Hedwig at Legnickie Pole across the border in Poland, considered to be one of this architect’s finest achievements.

Photo © C. Cannon-Brookes