The Italian Embassy in Prague is supporting the restoration of the Chapel of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The Chapel is one of the major testimonies to the presence of the Italian community in the Czech Republic since the year 1500. It is unique for its artistic prominence and its importance in Prague during the rule of Rudolph II. It is an important example of sacred architecture beyond the Alps and, for centuries, the Chapel has been the reference point for Italians living in Prague, who contributed considerably to the artistic beauty of the Bohemian city.
For this purpose, a campaign was launched for the refurbishment and restoration of the site as part of the valorisation of Italian real estate and artistic property abroad. This initiative has been supported by Czech institutions and private individuals, as well as by Italian donors and the local Greek-Catholic church which, by virtue of a special concession, has been in charge of the Chapel – which will now welcome again the Italian community in Prague.
The funds granted by the Farnesina, together with those offered by other donors, have permitted restructuring works on the roof, the facade and the frescoes of the Chapel. The restoration of the historic building includes the unique oval roof, the external walls and the extraordinary frescoes which are not quite visible and have never been restored in decades. The Chapel will open its doors in Spring 2017, as soon as the refurbishing works are finished.