19 August | Wednesday 10:00am – 9:00pm
THE CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS AND THE TOWN OF RABŠTEJN
An open church and Loreta, musical recitals in the church during the day. 8:00pm a concert by the Czech Song choir at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.
The landmark of the village built on a rock bill with the Střela River flowing around it – a former castle from the 14th century and the Baroque Church of Our Lady of Sorrows. Charles IV understood the importance of the castle for the surrounding area and wanted to own it so Rabštejn truly became royal property. The Emperor used to stay here often and he gave the proceeds from it to his wife Eliška Pomořanská in 1370. In 1375, Charles IV gave the town the right to collect taxes on the old trade route. The first recorded mention of the shale mines is from the 16th century. The famous shale was also used for the construction and repair of the St Vitus Cathedral in Prague, the Powder Tower and Karlštejn; it was also exported. In 1748, the Lažanský dynasty, which owned the nearby Manětín estate, obtained Rabštejn. The Lažanský dynasty started to adapt Rabštejn to their tastes and between 1766 and 1767, they built the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows in the southern part of the chateau premises. It is probably the work of the significant Baroque architect Anselm Lurag.
You can taste the unique atmosphere of Rabštejn in the morning. The Church of Our Lady of Sorrows and the Loreta will be open. You can visit both monuments until 6:00pm. You can get refreshments and information about this breath-taking place at the old police station which today serves as an information centre and a cafe. The evening musical programme will offer a concert by the Pilsen mixed choir Czech Song in the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.
10:00am – 6:00pm tours of the church, the Loreta, music recitals in the church
8:00pm a concert by the Czech Song mixed choir at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows