Reading architecture: Santini in Žďár nad Sázavou, book illustration in Havlíčkův Brod and Czech poet Reynek’s house
Jan Blažej Santini Aichl, commonly known as Santini, was an architectural genius of the 17th and 18th centuries whose structures will convince you there’s no limit to architectural styles or ages. His Church of St. John of Nepomuk is not only still ‘like new,’ but also a unique example of the symbiosis of two architectural styles: Gothic and Baroque. Furthermore, from its six-pointed star shape to its connection with the Czech St. John of Nepomuk, the building offers many symbolic interpretations. The New Generation Museum, located in a former Cistercian monastery, will interactively guide you through Santini’s mind (and show you much more besides).
Our “reading” will continue in Havlíčkův Brod, where the Gallery of Fine Arts offers a spectacular collection of book illustrations. Next, we’ll explore the home of Czech poet and artist Bohuslav Reynek and his wife, French poet Suzanne Renaud. A short recital in their small manor house in Petrkov, which is run by the Museum of Czech Literature, will close the day.
Recommended for members of: ICFA, ICLCM, INTERCOM, MPR
New Generation Museum
Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk at Zelená hora
Gallery of Fine Arts in Havlíčkův Brod
Reynek’s House in Petrkov
Departure from Prague (from parking lot of the hotel Corinthia)
Arrival in Žďár nad Sázavou
Guided tour of Santini’s Church of St. John of Nepomuk
Visit to the New Generation Museum
Departure to Havlíčkův Brod
Visit to the Gallery of Fine Arts in Havlíčkův Brod
Departure to Petrkov
Visit to Bohuslav Reynek’s house, short recital
Departure to Prague
Estimated arrival in Prague (Prague Congress Centre)
Please be at the departure point 15 minutes prior to departure.