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Kostel svatého Jana Křtitele (Church of St. John the Baptist)

Kostel svatého Jana Křtitele (Church of St. John the Baptist) Review

The oldest church in town, built between the 13th and 16th centuries, this is an excellent example of Bohemian Gothic architecture. Inside, extensive frescoes in the clerestory date from the first half of the 14th century, and portray scenes from the lives of Christ, the Apostles, and various Czech saints. They also demonstrate the medieval necessity for pictorial narratives in educating the illiterate population. On the south side of the sanctuary you can see the Chapel of St. Nicholas, built in 1369. The vaulted ceiling is supported by a single central pillar; this is one of the earliest buildings using this construction in Bohemia. The church is not regularly open to the public, but in July and August or during an occasional concert you can sometimes catch a peek inside. The adjacent monastery is now part of the city museum, and hosts temporary exhibitions.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Štítného, Jindřichův Hradec, Bohemia, 377 01 | Map It
  • Cost: 20 Kč
  • Hours: July and Aug., daily 9–noon and 1–4
  • Location: Jindřichův Hradec
Updated: 09-26-2013

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