Fortna is an ancient Discalced Carmelites Monastery in Prague. The carmelite brothers decided to open it to public for lectures, retreats, workshops. The name "Fortna" means the gate - and you are most welcome to enter.
What can I do in Fortna?
You will be most welcome at our courses and events. Following offer is suitable also for people who do not speak Czech:
- Come during our opening hours (Tue, Wed, Thu 9 am - 5 pm) and just spend some time in the garden, corridors of the monastery or in the church. Fortna is simply a nice place to breath out and in.
- Meditate, pray, read or simply sit for a while in the "room of silence". The key is available on request during the opening hours.
- Join us for a silent meditation every Tuesday 8:00 to 8:30 am (both offline and online during pandemics)
- You can stay for several days in the monastery for an individual retreat. For more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Masses are celebrated in the church at Fortna on Sunday at 9:00 a. m. in Czech.
Masses in English are celebrated in the carmelite Church of the Infant Jesus of Prague (walking distance about 15 minutes)
Story of Fortna
The Hradčany Monastery, located just a few steps from the Prague Castle, has belonged to the Order of the Discalced Carmelites for centuries. It was a home to the discalced carmelite sisters who lived here in a contemplative way in papal encloser. In 2020 the sisters moved from the city center to a calmer location in the outskirts of Prague.
Their brothers from the Order of the Discalced Carmelites took over the care of the Hradčany Monastery and decided to open it for public. The religious community uses a small part of the convent. The major part of the monastery is called Fortna ("the gate"), and is open for spiritual, educational and cultural events and well as for groups and individuals who want to just spend some time in a place with a strong story and genius loci.
How can I get there
Fortna is located in the very centre near the Prague castle, at Hradčanské square. Our address is Hradčanské náměstí 3, Praha 1, the building is on the opposite side of the square than the entrance to the Prague castle. Ring the bell Fortna (central door).
By public transport:
- tram 22 stop Pohořelec - about 5 minutes walk down the street Loretánská
- or tram 22 stop Pražský Hrad - about 10 minutes walk through the area of the Prague castle (open 10 a.m. - 6 p. m., you have to pass the security check)
- or tram 12, 15, 20, 22 - about 10-15 minutes walk uphill - Nerudova street and Radnické stairs
From the airport:
- Bus 119 to the stop Nádraží Veleslavín, then by metro A to the station Malostranská and by tram 22 to the stop Pohořelec (see above)
- or Bus 191 to the stop Vypich and tram 22 to the stop Pohořelec