A portrait of Jan Hus in his former apartment in the Bethlehem Chapel in Prague.
Jan Hus became rector of the chapel in 1402 and preached here until 1412.
Jan Hus (or John Huss, 1369 - 1415) was a Czech priest, philosopher and one of the first church reformers. Hus attacked moral failings among the clergy and promoted some of the teachings of John Wycliffe (1331 - 1384), an English reformere who had been burned at the stake in 1384. Hus was excommunicated for his views in 1410 and burned at the stake as a heretic in Konstanz on 6 July 1415.
The chapel remained a centre for the Protestant Church after the Hussite Wars, which followed Hus' martyrdom, ended. The chapel was confiscated from its protestant community and bought by the Jesuit order in 1661.