The St James Church can easily be missed, but inside it is one of the most
beautiful churches in Prague. Every nook and cranny is covered with decorations: red, green and black
marble inlays, carved angels and many paintings.
The church was constructed in 1373 and had its peak during the baroque period around 1739. A mass is
held every Sunday and the
choir and organ are one of the best in the country especially given the unique acoustics of the
church. Visitors will probably
be disconcerted to notice a severed and now wrinkled hand hanging to the right above the entrance.
Apparently the hand belonged
to a thief who tried to take the Jewels off the sacred Virgin Mary. The misfortunate fellow’s
hand was grabbed by the Virgin
Mary and consequently had to be severed. It now hangs on display as grizzly warning for any
like-minded ‘sticky fingers’.