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Convent of Saint Agnes of Bohemia

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      Convent of Saint Agnes of Bohemia

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   St Agnes of Bohemia Convent was founded in 1231 by princess Agnes (later known as Saint Agnes of Bohemia), sister of King Wenceslas I. It is the unique Gothic building and one of the most famous and significant convents in Bohemia. It was declared the National Culture Heritage of the Czech Republic.
    St Agnes became the first abbess of the monastery in the Order of Saint Clare. This was the first convent of the Order of Poor Clares north of the Alps.
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   St Agnes of Bohemia opted for a life of charity and piety over a life of comfort and luxury. She was venerated soon after her death, but was beatified in 1874. Pope John Paul II canonized St Agnes in November 1989.
   Today there is a permanent exhibition of medieval and early Renaissance art (the part of the National Gallery collection) from Bohemia and Central Europe.