Archaeologists fail to find St Agnes’ remains

17-02-2010

Archaeological research in Prague’s St Haštal church failed on Wednesday to discover the remains of the 13th century Czech saint, Agnes of Bohemia. The archaeologists lowered a camera into a vault near the altar of the church that was believed to be the saint’s tomb. However, the remains found there come from the 18th century, rather than from the Middle Ages.

St. Agnes, a daughter of the Bohemian King Přemysl Otakar I, renounced a life of wealth and comfort to found a Franciscan Convent in Prague in 1232. She died in 1282 and was canonized a few days before the start of the Velvet Revolution in November 1989. Her remains are believed to have been hidden during the Hussite wars and were never rediscovered.