26 August | Wednesday 10:00am – 9:00pm
THE UNKNOWN BAROQUE TOWN OF SUŠICE / THE MUSEUM IN SUŠICE
10:00am A guided tour of the town / The Baroque town of Sušice – unknown.
7:00pm a lecture / The Baroque region of Sušice
You will find the Sušice Museum on the main square in a Rennaissance house with a Gothic centre from the second half of the 15th century. It informs visitors mainly about the history of matchstick and glass production in Šumava. There is a unique collection on display of more than eighty pieces of various tin tableware from the turn of the 16th century on display that belonged to the Sušice townsman Adam Čech as well as a collection of glass products presented to the museum in 2005 by a Swiss citizen, Bruno Schreiber. Since 2004, the big attraction for visitors has been the unique mechanical Bethlehem containing almost 300 animated and static characters and objects.
10:00am The Museum of Šumava in Sušice
The Baroque town of Sušice – unknown / a guided tour of the town
The Thirty Year's War did not cause excessive damage in Sušice compared to most other towns but it stopped its development for many decades. Therefore, there are very few Baroque monuments in Sušice and they are mainly religious buildings. It is nevertheless worth mentioning them and learning about their history during the guided tour of the town. The main monuments include the dean Church of St Wenceslas, the Church of St Felix of Cantalice with the Capuchin Monastery, the graveyard Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and the Chapel of the Guardian Angel on the Stráž hill. A few more sacral monuments have been preserved in the town, e.g. small Baroque elements in the urban architecture. The guide is the museum's historian, PhDr Jan Lhoták.
7:00pm The Musem of Šumava in Sušice, V Hradbách hall
The Baroque region of Sušice / a lecture
A lecture and a screening will present the history of the Sušice region during the Baroque era. It will introduce the most significant Baroque monuments in the town and its surrounds in a historical context. The lecture will also introduce the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary in Strašín, the chateau in Hrádek u Sušice, the pilgrim Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary in Nicov and much more.
The preserved monuments of the rural Baroque are a separate chapter. It was a characterful building style of folk architecture based on Baroque but which started at the time Baroque was already a thing of the past. We can find preserved buildings in Dobršín, Rabí and Břežany. A lecture by Mgr Zdeňka Řezníčková and PhDr Jan Lhoták.
The Sušice Museum was established in 1880 and it was the first museum in the Šumava region. It is situated on the Sušice main square in one of the most beautiful houses, a display of the Gothic and Rennaissance construction style. The exhibition presents the history of matchstick production in Sušice, a tin treasure, a unique glass collection and a mechanical Bethlehem. The renovation of a part of the former guardhouse was completed in 2013; the Museum received the 2013 Building of the Year award for this work from the Pilsen Region. The Museum of Šumava in Sušice has branches in Kašperské Hory, Dobrá Voda and Železná Ruda.