Funeral room for friars Capuchins The most know part of the monastery after all is the Crypt situated in its basement. It was founded in the middle of the 17th century and its authorship is ascribed to the popular builder Moric Grimm. The Crypt was probably created by adapting cellars of houses former situated in the position of monastery. It is approved by difference floor level in various rooms of the crypt.
Baron Trencks Erb Frank Trenck was born in 1711 in Reggio in Calabria, a part of Italy. Franz received a good education from the Jesuits in Hungary and continued his studies in Vienna. By the early age of 17, he was commissioned an officer and joined the 8th regiment of the Austrian army. Before long he must leave his service in army because of his eccentricity and immoral behaviour. His military career did not start succesfully. He was a gambler, adventurer, man who cannot be stopped by anything. Once, when he was only 20, he lose in playing cards and asked his chamberlain to lend him some money. He disagreed so Frenk cutted off his head.
The war with Turkeys started in 1737 and Trenck wanted to take his chance as much as possible. His ambitious soldier spirit asked for success. He offered himself to leader Seckendroff planning a creation of four thousand men army against Turkeys. He was refused. By anonymous pamflet from 1747 he was arrested then because of some flirts with one married counttes. It was his first affair, one among many others.
Capuchins were invited to Bohemia during the pontificate of archbishop Zbynek Berka of Dube. First mission group came to Prague under leadership of saint Laurentius of Brindisi in the evening 13th Nov. 1599. The fundamental stone of monastery in Prague-Hradcany was prostrated on 3rd November 1600. Hradcany became a mother monastery for Bohemian-Moravian Capuchin Province.