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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Traveling With Faith: Prayer, Meditation, and Relaxation at Prague Airport

Václav Havel Airport has two prayer and meditation rooms for travelers.

Prague’s Václav Havel Airport is similar to most airports, with shops and restaurants for travelers to fill their needs and entertain themselves while waiting for flights. The airport also has two small quiet rooms, devoted to prayer, meditation, and relaxation, according to the airport’s website.

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The multi-faith rooms are open to all who want to pray or clear their minds while traveling.  Ensuring that the rooms serve all who are interested, each is equipped with various religious texts, including the Bible and the Koran, as well as chairs and a table for prayer. There is also a letter “N” on the wall, showing which direction is North in order to help Muslims pray. Muslims and Russians use the room the most, according to Marika Janousková, the airport’s spokesperson.

Outside Václav Havel Airport Source: Waymarking
Outside Václav Havel Airport
Source: Waymarking

The rooms are designed so that all religions and philosophies can pray and meditate together. Both rooms are open 24 hours a day. The two rooms are located at terminal 1 and terminal 2, where travelers wait for flights. Terminal 1 is dedicated to intercontinental flights, and Terminal 2 is for flights within Europe.

These rooms are not unique to Václav Havel Airport, nor are they new to the airport. “We have prayer facilities at Prague airport for several years. This is the standard of all major airports,” said Janousková.

Author photo: Martina Neckářová for Blesk.cz