Zlatá Koruna (Golden Crown)

Zlatá Koruna (Golden Crown), Bohemia

Zlatá Koruna (Golden Crown)

Zlatá Koruna (Golden Crown)
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10 reviews
Very good

Prague, Czech Republic442 contributions
Important medieval monument
Aug 2014 • Couples
The monastery, originally named Sancta Corona Spinea – the Holy Thorn Crown, was founded in 1263 by a foundation charter of King Přemysl Otakar II. It derives its name from a relic of a thorn from Christ’s crown that Přemysl Otakar II obtained from Louis IX the Pious and gave it as a present to the newly founded monastery. After the fire in 1354 stonemason Michael, brother of Peter Parléř, was called in to the abbey. There are two sighseeing routes. I recommend to see the first one that leads through the ground floor of the little convent, through the unique Gothic two-storey Chapel of the Guardian Angels, to the great convent with the cloisters. The sightseeing tour is finished in the monumental Church of the Ascension of the Virgin Mary, the biggest church in South Bohemia. The exhibition is focused not only on the activities of the Cistercian Order in the Czech lands, but it also makes it possible to picture the everyday life of monks’ in the 18th century.It is also the second place in Czech republic where there is the biggest number of sundials in one place. The tour is every hour. The only drawback is that there is almost no bus or trainconnection from Cesky Krumlov. You have to go by car or take a taxi.
Written 30 August 2014
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Phoenix, AZ738 contributions
National Cultural Treasure
Jun 2014 • Couples
This is a former Abbey founded in 1263 by a king of Bohemia that is the Czech Republic's best preserved Cistercian monastery. The current complex consists of a variety of Gothic structures, a 3 nave basilica and a chapel dating from 1370. The Church of Assumption of the Virgin Mary is still used for Mass. The complex is recognized by UNESCO as a national cultural treasure.
Written 29 June 2014
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David C
Frisco, CO386 contributions
An incredible monastery not far from Cesky Krumlov.
Jun 2014 • Friends
This was part of a morning trip from Cesky Krumlov and absolutely worth the time and money. The monastery is being restored, and they have done a beautiful job of it. The artifacts are incredible, and the combination of Gothic and Baroque art in the main church is is beautiful. If you can visit on a Sunday and hear the ancient but functional organ in the church, I would recommend that day of the week for your visit if possible (we were not able to go on Sunday because we were on tour). The young guide was knowledgeable and spoke very understandable English. I don't know why other reviewers have not been as complementary ... this is not just another monastery. If you "pair it" with a visit and hike to the ancient Celtic ruins nearby it will make a memorable morning or afternoon.
Written 20 June 2014
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Antwerp, Belgium7,285 contributions
Top of the bill!
Without paying extra one can photograph, exept in the chapel and the church where taking pix is forbidden. This is the most beautifull monastery ever seen! The first written mention is from 1263. The monastery was built by King Přemysl Otakar II had the monastery built to protect his interests from the Vítkovci family entering into inner Bohemia. Several supporters devoted large swaths of land and other property to the monastery, and in the days of its blossom, its dominion stretched from České Budějovice all the way to the borders. After the death of Přemysl Otakar II, the monastery was destroyed by the Kumans even before it could be completely built. From 1281 to 1291 the abbey was rebuilt with the help of King Václav II. The monastery burned down in 1354, but was again rebuilt. During the Hussite Wars it was stormed twice and ransacked. Then a sizable part of the monastery's property was taken by the Rosenbergs. The abbey and monastey were dissolved by Emperor Josef II in 1785. The outer parts of the monastery were made a village in 1785, then a fully independent township in 1848. Later a military bleaching works, then a silk factory, a pencil factory, a cardboard press, a drapery works, a machine works, and finally a foundry all occupied the halls of the monastery. Various sorts of economic problems brought the end to all industrial activity there in 1909. Finally, shortly after 1945, most of the renewed areas of the monastery were once again made accessible to the public.
Written 27 September 2010
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