Czech Republic has a long religious history thus there are numerous churches and monasteries boasting magnificent architecture.
Here are some of the most interesting and beautiful monasteries of Czech Republic.
- Benedictine Monastery in Broumov. The monastery impresses visitors with its Baroque architecture performed by the Dientzenhofers and a collection of precious artefacts on display. You can see a unique copy of the Turin Shroud, Vamberk mummies dating from the 17th and 18th centuries in the undercroft and a Gothic fresco entitled “The Three Kings” in the bell tower. The monastery also possesses relics of St. Procopius, a splinter of wood said to be from the Holy Cross and a Gothic Madonna.
Location: Klášterní 1, Broumov 550 01
Nearby hotels: Penzion Zámecek, Villa Carmen & SPA, Hotel Kudowa Prestige SPA
Nearby sights: Church of the Virgin Mary
Official website: http://www.klasterbroumov.cz/en/monastery-broumov
Tel.: +420 491 521 282
- Tepla Monastery. It is located not far from Marianske Lazne. The monastery was founded at the end of the 12th century by the Hroznata as compensation for the fact that he did not participate in one of the crusades. The Romanesque-Gothic church supplements the monastery complex, which was converted during the Baroque period by the famous architect K. I. Dienzenhofer.You will see valuable exhibits from the collections of the monastery museum and library containing a rare collection of first impressions.
Nearby hotels: Penzion Stadler, Penzion Plzenka, Beroun
Nearby sights: The Colonnade,The Singing Fountain, Pravoslavny Kostel Svateho Vladimira
- Rajhrad Benedictine Monastery. This is the oldest monastery in Moravia. It consists of the complex of one-floor buildings, mainly concentrated around the main courtyard. There is also located Church of St. Peter and Paul which is richly decorated with sculptures, paintings and frescoes. The main altar with the sculpture of Jesus Christ is made of 45 kinds of European marble, including the marble from the Mount of Olives in the Holy Land. The convent was decorated with paintings by old masters. Recently the paintings are exhibited in the National Gallery in Prague.
Location: Klášter 1, 664 61 Rajhrad
Tel.: +420 547 230 027
- The Strahov Monastery. It was founded in 1140 by Prince Vladislav II. The monastery is a large, magnificent building located at the back of Petrin Hill and Prague Castle. It started its history with establishment of the Premonstratensians, a religious order of canons founded in 1120 by St. Norbert as an independent part of Catholic church.
Location: Address: Strahovske nadvori 1 / 132, Prague 118 00
Nearby hotels: Hotel Monastery, Lindner Hotel Prague Castle, Hotel Savoy
Nearby sights: The Strahov Monastic Brewery, Wallenstein Palace Gardens, Lobkowicz Palace
Official website: http://www.strahovskyklaster.cz/
Tel.: +420 233 107 711
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