*This weeks guest post on Piarist Church of the Discovery of the Holy Cross in Litomyšl is by Heather Raulerson from RaulersonGirlsTravel.
Piarist Church of the Discovery of the Holy Cross in Litomyšl
The Czech Republic has many beautiful churches, and one of the most spectacularly decorated is Piarist Church of the Discovery of the Holy Cross in Litomyšl.
The Church is one of the most prominent baroque architectural buildings in the region. Completed in 1722, the Piarist Church of the Discovery of the Holy Cross was designed and built by Italian architect Giovanni Battista Alliprandi and then František Maxmilián Kaňka after Alliprandi’s death. The church’s history is quite devastating though, in which it has been destroyed by no less than four significant fires throughout the years. Full reconstruction happened between 2011-2015 where the church has become the art exhibition and cultural center it is today.
The church does host tours free of charge during the day where you can experience the beauty of the nave. And see the sacred light installation of Václav Cigler and Michal Motyčka. The long prism is hanging from the ceiling in front of the altar and is constructed from cut solid optical glass. During certain times of the day, the prism will emit an array of colors on the gray walls. Now, why are the walls painted gray when everything else within the church is elabrate? The painted gray walls represent the difficulty the church went through with all the fires (from the ashes…).
Angels on the Hillcock
There is also another exhibit that is a must-see, Angels on the Hillcock. This exhibit includes the art of the Diocese of Hradec Králové. And with this display is the opportunity to ascend to the roof where you will get an unbelievable view of Litomyšl and Castle Hill. You can clearly see how Litomyšl is the center of old and new architecture blended together by viewing the town from the top of the Piarist Church of the Discovery of the Holy Cross.
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If you are visiting Litomyšl, you might also like to visit Litomyšl Castle, 16th century castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site in central Czech Republic (Czechia).
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