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Visit of Zelena Hora

Santini's baroque jewel

Petr Liška
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Visit of Zelena Hora
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Church of St. John of Nepomuk built on Zelena Hora (“Green Mountain“) on the northern edge of Zdar nad Sazavou is one of the greatest Baroque gems in the Czech Republic. Because of this, it was included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. It is best accessible from the northern edge of the town along the yellow tourist route leading from the main road up the stairs. As a bonus, you can also see the adjacent castle or bypass along the educative trail Konvent pond, whose northern part belongs to the protected natural site Meadows at the Black wood.

Zelena Hora (“Green Mountain“)

Church of St. John of Nepomuk, stands on a small hill called Green Mountain (602 m asl). The slopes of this hill once overgrown with trees are now thankfully cut down, so you can enjoy the views of the church from virtually all sides. One of the best views is from Konvent pond.

Zelena Hora (“Green Mountain“)
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Ascent to the church

The ascent along the long staircase is not very difficult and you can expect only about 30 altitude meters. Additionally, if you need to relax, there are benches. From the church, you can also look around Zdar nad Sazavou and its surroundings, but the town itself does not give very picturesque impression.

 

Ascent to the church
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In the chapel

After you pass through the gate in the cloister surrounding the entire church, you will find out that the top of the hill also works as a small cemetery (see the introductory slide of the photoreport). There are a few plainly decorated chapels in the cloister.

After seeing this interesting building, you can set out for a walk around Konvent pond or descend down to the complex of buildings of castle, Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary and the former Cistercian monastery.

In the chapel
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Belfry

Already at the entrance to the complex of buildings of the monastery and the castle you will be impressed by the massive belfry.
 

Belfry
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Monastery and church

The monastery and church are built next to each other.
 

Monastery and church
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The courtyard

Only from the southern side of the courtyard you can really look around all the buildings here.

The courtyard
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