BAROQUE PILGRIM JOURNEY / THE PILGRIMAGE CHURCH OF ST ANNE BY PLANÁ
24 July | Friday 10:00am – 10:00pm
Holy mass at 10:00am, from 12:00pm onwards a programme for children and adults alike, offering music, theatre, and the fragrances and flavours of Baroque.
7:00pm Organ concert in the church, Baroque fireworks to conclude the programme.
The Pilgrimage Church of St Anne by Planá
Under the rule of count Jindřich Šlik, the originally Gothic Church of St Anne saw extensive construction changes in the middle of the 17th century. In the same years, the Brotherhood of St Anne was established. A fire in 1721 destroyed the church completely; however, only five years later it stood again, restored in the Baroque style by an unknown architect working under the patronage of the family of Sinzendorf. Some elements of the decoration are ascribed to the workshops of Brandl, Škréta, and Italian painters. Under the rule of Joseph II, the Brotherhood of St Anne ceased to exist and the church was used as the castle chapel by the possessors of Planá. In the early 20th century, the tomb of the Nostitz family was added to the front of the west-facing facade. A gazebo housing the erstwhile "miraculous" radioactive spring can be found to the north of the church. To the east, in the direction of Planá, an old alley of lime trees hides the torsos of the decorations which used to adorn the former pilgrim trail. The walking distance between Planá and the church is about 2 km. Instrumental in the restoration of the church organ in 2013 was the Association for the Restoration of St Anne from the nearby Tirschenreuth which after 1989 established a new tradition of pilgrim journeys to St Anne from Mähring and Planá.
Baroque pilgrim journey at St Anne by Planá
The day-long programme opens with a holy mass for pilgrims to be attended by a procession from the Bavarian village of Mähring and from Planá. From about 12:00pm onwards, visitors can enjoy a day-long programme for children and adults alike, offering music, theatre, creative workshops, and enticing fragrances and flavours of Baroque. The programme will close with Baroque fireworks. The highlight of the programme is a period music concert in the St Anne’s Church performed by Alena Hönigová (cembalo and organ), titled Parnas on an Island. The programme has been inspired by the story of the West Bohemian composer Johann Caspar Fischer (1665 – 1746), narrated through music and words. In his time, he was one of the few Czech musicians who had the opportunity to work in their home region, at a very special place on top of that – the castle garden in Ostrov (which means Island in Czech) was referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. The labyrinth of fairytale sculptures and fountains capturing scenes from the lives of the ancient divinities astonished visitors and inspired Fischer, too – his music is also filled with classical mythology.