Week 2 | Region of Klatovy (6.7. - 12.7. 2015)
6.7. 2015 The Pilgrimage Church of the Birth of the Virgin Mary in Nicov
7.7. 2015 Landscape of Chudenice
8.7. 2015 Chapel Týnec
9.7. 2015 Klenová Castle
10.7. 2015 Jesuit catacombs and college in Klatovy
11.7. 2015 City of Klatovy
12.7. 2015 Archdecon Church of Klatovy
For centuries, Klatovy has competed with Pilsen as a regional capital and it is still a natural centre of the area within Šumava. Its rich panorama, comprising the towers of three churches and the town hall tower, has no equivalent in West Bohemia. From a spiritual and cultural point of view, the Baroque period in Klatovy is associated with the activities of the Jesuits, who built their settlement directly on the Klatovy square. After 1665, a college and a church were built based on the projects of Carlo Lurago. The Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary has become a characteristic structure of the square and, along with the adjacent town hall, forms a picturesque complex. Below the church, in its burial catacombs, it is possible to visit the famous mummies of members of the Jesuit Order and Klatovy’s burghers, and thus experience the two sides of Baroque, the art of life and death.
The second church is a Dominican monastery dedicated to St Lawrence, which has recently been restored and is used for cultural purposes. It was built by the architect Marc Antonio Gilmetti at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries. The beautiful and harmonious square is enclosed by numerous Renaissance and Baroque houses. In one of them, a unique Baroque pharmacy At the White Unicorn has been preserved and can be visited, including the next door gallery of the same name.
The landscape surrounding Klatovy begins to curl here and rise towards the Šumava Mountain Range. This lovely territory is studded with mansions of the nobility, churches and folk architecture. All of this can be visited in the small area of Týnec u Klatov, which used to be an important pilgrimage destination with a castle, the Pilgrimage Church of the Virgin Mary, the Chapel of St John of Nepomuk and the small Loretta Chapel.