Sazava monastery, Sazava

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Sázava Monastery is a former Benedictine abbey and a monastery in Bohemia (Czech Republic), established by Bretislaus I, Duke of Bohemia around 1032.

It is situated some 30 km southeast of Prague, on the right bank of the eponymous Sázava river, a right tributary of the Vltava.

The town of Sázava (Benešov District) grew around the monastery.

The monastery is notable as having followed Slavonic liturgy in the 11th century.

It was re-established under the Latin rite in 1097, until its destruction in 1421 due to the Hussite Wars.

It was again re-established as part of the re-catholization of Bohemia under Habsburg rule in 1664, and finally dissolved in 1785.

The extant buildings mostly date to the Baroque period, with 19th-century neo-Renaissance extensions, with some remaining structures in the Gothic style of the 13th to 14th centuries, notably the unfinished three-nave Gothic basilica.
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  • On our way to the airport just past this Monastery in the village of Sazava. A tour just started, though in Czech language but we were given a detailed booklet in English. It was founded in the 11th....  more »
  • I like places, when you not only listen about mystery from the guide. But when you feel it. And when you see the signs in reality...uaaaah - very nice place to be scared of...devils:o)  more »
  • Currently under reconstruction but still worth the visit. Well, the reconstruction may never end because there is a lot of work. But currently it really means a little issue - the church is closed. The rest still worth it. The guided tour goes from the park and outside of monastery to multiple rooms inside (and normally the church too). There are different historic exhibitions in the rooms. I was surprised when I find out the info-graphics are from the 60's - minimalist design can survive ages and still look modern - definitely a great job from the designers. The best part are the fresco. They were covered with white paint which preserve them in great condition but they need to be uncovered - which is a long term job. Currently there is 7 of them (if I remember it correctly) and a lady working on uncovering the next one - which is interesting to see how hard and patient work it is. My main intention to go here is the fact that this monastery is in the game Kingdom Come: Deliverance and I wanted to see how well the game captured the place. The monastery was reconstructed over time so it is not the same as it was in the game but you can clearly recognize the place from the game. They actually think about opening a little exhibition about the game which I support 100%
  • Beautiful place, just don't run around too much. The local inhabitants have a tendency to say "Why such haste? Slow down, brother." every time you do that. Oh, and if you're staying overnight and hear strange sounds from the cellar, don't worry, that's normal here.
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