25 August | Tuesday 4:00pm – 10:00pm
THE CHURCH OF MIRACLES / A CAVE AND THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY OF THE VIRGIN MARY IN STRAŠÍN
A programme in the Strašín cave. 7:00pm a programme in the Baroque Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. Czech Baroque music – a concert by the Czech Chamber Orchestra. The programme will end with a lantern procession.
Strašín is the natural centre of the region below the Ždánov v Pošumaví Hill, with the important pilgrim and parish Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. The picturesque valley offers remnants of an ancient settlement and the only cave in the Sušice area. Along with Žihobce, Žichovice, Nezamyslice and Rabí, Strašín is a member of the association called Lamberská stezka, which revives the history of the former Lamber estate in the south-east part of the Sušice area. The invitation to Strašín is also an invitation to visit other places of this unique and characterful region on the border between West and South Bohemia. The oldest villages include Žihobce, which offers visitors a tour of the newly-renovated Novogothic Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. The chateau in Žichovice was built at the beginning of the 17th century at the site of an older Gothic citadel. Nezamyslice has the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and the Chapel of St Erasim with a Lamber crypt. The Nezamyslice church overlooks a large lake from its hilltop position and looks towards the silhouette of Rabí. The Rabí Castle is the biggest ruin in Bohemia.
There will be presentations of the Strašín cave and the ancient pilgrim place, the precious Baroque Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. The first stop will be in the cave lit by dozens of candles. After a short programme prepared by pupils of the dance department of the Sušice Elementary School and the mixed choir Matanoia from Kašperské Hory, we will continue to a place surrounded by many legends and miracles. The Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary will be open until 7:00pm. It will then host a concert of the Czech Chamber Orchestra following the legendary tradition of Czech music of Václav Talich and Josef Vlach. The orchestra led by the current conductor Andreas Sebastian Weiser has experienced great success on both domestic and foreign stages. The evening concert will present a programme called Czech Baroque Music (Adam Michna z Otradovic, Heinrich Ignaz Biber, Pavel Josef Vejvanovský, Jan Dismas Zelenka). After the concert, the programme will end with a guided tour of the church and a lantern procession.
The Baroque in a cave
4:00pm opening of the cave, guided tours through the cave lit by candles
5:00pm – 6:00pm Baroque dances by pupils of the dance department of the Sušice Elementary School and Baroque songs by the mixed choir Matanoia from Kašperské Hory.
Czech Baroque music in the church
7:30pm The Czech Chamber Orchestra – Adam Michna z Otradovic, Heinrich Ignaz Biber, Pavel Josef Vejvanovský, Jan Dismas Zelenka
9:00pm a guided tour of the church
10:00pm a lantern procession