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Church of St. John the Baptist

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vakantiejozef wrote a review Jun 2012
Olen, Belgium6,123 contributions624 helpful votes
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When we visited the church was closed, but if its interior is as great as its exterior it must be great! Late Gothic, one of the oldest sacred buildings in South Bohemia. Archaeological research in 1999 revealed presbyterium remains under the sacristy foundation. 1310 A small monastery with provost´s residence added to the church in Zátoň. Abolished in 1491. Present late Gothic building (1490) was built on the old foundation, vaulted in 1510. The first church belonged to Benedict monastery in Ostrov (near Davle), famous as richest church in Bohemia , destroyed at beginning of Hussite wars. Roof and prisma-shaped tower restored in 1890 and again 1928. Entrance from west facade is framed up in the saddle portal. A graveyard encloses the church, several wrought crosses from the Lepschi Family were to be seen till 1980. Interior: 5-side irregular presbyterium. Windows with original Gothic tracery. Choir is supported by three arches on two 8-side columns, arched with reticulated vault. The original valuable altar (late 17th century) with picture of Christ at baptism was stolen 1990 and a collection of candlesticks (16th century) and two brass candlesticks (17th century) took the same path. Gothic wing altar: the Ark of Zátoň. Two opposite side altars: St. Šimon and Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1730-1740 ), and altar of Virgin Mary with a 1848 picture (Philippot). Gothic period: altar refectory, sanktuarium and baptismal font have been preserved. Six Baroque sculptures: St Florián, St Donát, St Anna, St Vavřinec, St Jan Nepomuk and St Linhart (Patron of shepherds and cattle). Paintings - Stations of the Cross (R. Čurna from half 19th century). The functional organ needs to be restored. Pulpit with high quality wood-carving, under the baldaquin a sculpture St Antonín Paduánský (1st half 18th century). Five tombstones in vestibule.
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Date of experience: August 2011
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