Week 7. | Mariánská Týnice / Plasy / Radnice area (10.8. - 16.8. 2015)
10.8. 2015 Old Road Plasy - Mariánská Týnice
11.8. 2015 The Plasy Monastery
12.8. 2015 City of Rokycany
13.8. 2015 The Býkov Baroque Estate
14.8. 2015 The Town of Radnice
15.8. 2015 Pilgrim Church in Mariánská Týnice
16.8. 2015 Church of Virgine Mary Plasy
In Plasy and Mariánská Týnice, we are moving around an area which used to belong to Cistercian monks from Plasy. The local forested landscape creates wide tables in the Střela River valley. The Cistercian monastery established in the 12th century is situated at the bottom of the valley. It had financial problems after it was destroyed by Hussites and its time came again at the turn of the 17th century. The association between the abbot Evžen Tyttl and the architect Jan Santini undoubtedly created an exceptional construction of the convent, which surprises both with its dimensions and its well-calculated and cultivated inner decorations. The neighbouring buildings of the monastery and its church represent the notable construction and artistic work of other creators too, such as Jean Baptiste Mathey.
In contrast to Plasy, Mariánská Týnice dominates the scenic plateau on which it is situated. This pilgrimage site has its origins in the Middle Ages and Jan Santini gave it its original look in the Baroque era. He highlighted the spiritual importance of the place with the tall cupola which appears as though it is floating over the fields.
The Radnice area is a sombre region where many old imprints have been covered by the industrial periods of the 19th and 20th centuries. Its Baroque monuments are humbler but they still offer an educational experience to the appreciative pilgrim and onlooker. On the Radnice square there is the St Wenceslas Parish Church and a former chateau still awaiting restoration. The pilgrim church Kalvárie, a fine work by Kilián Ignác Dientzenhofer, overlooks the town from a steep hill. Many Baroque churches and small pieces of architecture have been preserved in the surrounding villages.