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Monastery of the Discalced Augustinians

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vakantiejozef wrote a review Sep 2012
Olen, Belgium6,123 contributions624 helpful votes
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The history of this monastery and Church is closely linked with the history of the city of Tábor. Religion was deeply rooted in Tábor and after the defeat of the rebellion of the Czech Protestant States in the 1621 battle of Bílé hoře (White Mountain) Tábor had to convert to Catholicism. Therefore its Council members decided on establishment of a monastery to support in this manner the counter-reformation which would help to spread the Catholic relegion. Their proposal to rebuild a monastery which was strongly damaged by imperial troops during a previous battle was rejected. Strahov Premonstratensian Monastery (Norbertines) demanded a the building of a new monastery at the expense of the city, a financial burden which impoverished the city of Tábor dearly. An agreement with the prior of the Augustinian monastery sv. Václav led to the founding of the monastery. The city gave them a barren plot of land, its corner stone was laid september 8, 1642, between 1642-1652 construction of the monastery, 1652 construction of the Narození Panny Marie church choir (birth of the Virgin Mary Church), monastery and Church completed in 1666, architect Antonio Alfieri (an Italian living in Prague). The monastery gradually ceased their activities and after its abrogation early 19th century it was converted to a prison, subsequently used as barracks and currently houses the seat of the Hussitemuseum, the Church was not secularized
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