Czechoslovak Catholic priest and politician, deputy in the Czechoslovak parliament and minister of health from 1948 until 1968, Vice-President and later President of Czechoslovak People’s Party, representative of the party’s collaboration with the dictatorship of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia.
A religious order active in the Czech lands since the 12th century. Its most important centre there is Strahov Monastery in Prague, where remains of the order’s founder, Norbert of Xanten, are kept.
A priest, hermit, founder and the first abbot of Sázava Monastery. He is one of the patron saints of the Czech lands.
The Roman Catholic Church is the largest religious organisation in the Czech Republic. In 2011, approximately 10% of the population declared as Catholics.
The first baptised Bohemian Princess. Grandmother and custodian to Saint Wenceslas. She was strangled by assassins hired by her daughter-in-law Drahomíra, probably in 921.
Ensemble of monuments in the town of Třebíč inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, consisting of the architecturally unique Late Romanesque Basilica of Saint Procopius and the exceptionally well preserved collection of buildings of the local Jewish Quarter.
The largest and most important church in the Czech Republic, a dominant feature of Prague Castle and one of the symbols of Czech statehood, in which kings of Bohemia were traditionally crowned and buried.
Duke of Bohemia from 921 until 935, the most important Czech saint and one of the symbols of Czech statehood. His cult played a crucial role in the formation of Czech national identity.
Roman Catholic priest working in Moravia. Tortured by Protestant officials during religious conflicts at the beginning of the Thirty Years’ War. Canonised in 1995. He is probably the most controversial saint of the Czech lands.
Unique cemetery chapel whose interior is decorated with human bones. Artistically exceptional type of ossuary, a sacred building for storing skeletal remains. One of the unique architectural projects by Santini, a Baroque Gothic architect.
A well-preserved castle in the eponymous town at the confluence of the rivers Otava and Volyňka. It represents a combination, unique in the Czech Republic, of an aristocratic castle and a church commandry, a fortified residence of a chivalric order which partially had the status of a monastery.
Extensive Early Baroque complex above the town of Příbram in Central Bohemian Region. It is one of the most prominent pilgrimage sites in Bohemia.
Cardinal, professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. One of the most important Czech theologians working in the Vatican and an acclaimed expert in eastern spirituality.
Versified defence of Czech Catholicism, named Václav, Havel a Tábor or Discourse on Bohemia in 1424 (Václav, Havel a Tábor čili rozmlouvání o Čechách roku 1424) by its first publisher František Palacký. It was probably written in 1424.
A magnificent, splendidly illuminated manuscript from the Romanesque period, one of the most significant and valuable Czech medieval manuscripts. It was created, or modified, on the occasion of the coronation of Vratislaus II, the first Czech king.
Bishop of Olomouc in 1126–1150. Prominent church dignitary and a diplomat with a European reputation. His activities contributed to the development of the church and cultural life in the Czech lands, and to the consolidation of power of the Duke of Bohemia.
Noblewoman who contributed to the expansion of the Dominican order in the Czech lands. She is a Czech saint and a patron of families, the congregation of Dominican sisters, the Liberec diocese and the Liberec Region.
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