Pilgrimage place Svatá Hora
This place is not called a Marian Baroque gem for nothing. Svatá Hora is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in Bohemia. It is connected with the town of Příbram by 365 steps and mining history.
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The Maková hora pilgrimage site is an excellent destination for admirers of fine architecture, as well as those who seek tranquillity in the heart of nature, in a place of spiritual enlightenment.
The local parish Church of John the Baptist and Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a true Baroque jewel that is definitely worth visiting.
The lone church was built in the middle of the woods of the Vltava basin between 1719 and 1722 on a complex and dynamic ground plan typical for high Baroque architecture. Ever since its construction finished, popular interest in spiritual activity at Maková hora has continued to grow. The structure only started to deteriorate during the reign of the communist regime. A new golden age started at Maková hora with the arrival of František Homola, a lay brother of the Capuchin order. The efforts of this monk and hermit brought about a spiritual revitalisation of this location and turned the church, where he lived and personally cared for all visitors, into a popular tourist destination.
The Maková hora pilgrimage site is an excellent destination for admirers of fine architecture, as well as those who seek tranquillity in the heart of nature, in a place of spiritual enlightenment that the faithful used to flock to in their thousands.
In the First World War the bells were removed from the belfry for war purposes and the organs escaped the same fate as they were spared for their historical-artistic value.