The Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk at Zelena Hora, Moravia

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The Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk at Zelená hora is a religious building at the edge of Žďár nad Sázavou, Czech Republic, near the historical border between Moravia and Bohemia. It is the final work of Jan Santini Aichel, a Bohemian architect who combined the Borrominiesque Baroque with references to Gothic elements in both construction and decoration.In 1719, when the Roman Catholic Church declared the tongue of John of Nepomuk to be incorruptible, work started to build a church at Zelená hora, where the future saint had received his early education. It was consecrated immediately after John's beatification in 1720, although construction works lumbered on until 1727. Half a century later, after a serious fire, the shape of the roof was altered.The church, with many furnishings designed by Santini himself, is remarkable for its gothicizing features and complex symbolism, quite unusual for the time. In 1993, it was declared a World Heritage Site. The nomination dossier pointed out Santini's mathematical ratios in its architecture which aimed at "the creation of an independent spatial reality", with "the number 5 being dominant in the layout and proportions" of the church.
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  • Well off the beaten path, this architectural gem was constructed in the early 18th century to honor Jan Nepomuk, a key figure in Czech religious and national history. The statues you see of Nepomuk th...  more »
  • Nepomuk Church is a unique site due to its interesting ultra symmetric architecture. It´s very minimalistic despite been built in a barocco style which was known for the difficult ornamentations. Phot...  more »
  • ザーザヴォウの駅から2Aのバスで行きました。荷物は駅の預かり所で預けられます。 中の見学時間は決まっており、時間になるとドアの前に集まっている人で中に入って説明を聞けます。 帰りのバスの時間に注意が必要です。 それでもその独特の作りと雰囲気は、一見の価値ありです。 I went to here by 2A Bus from Sazavou station.There are bagage room...  more »