Zlatá Koruna Monastery
One of the most important monuments of Gothic architecture in Bohemia, the Zlatá Koruna monastery, is located approximately 10 km north of Český Krumlov, in the shadow of which, one might say, stands a bit.
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Interesting facts Zlatá Koruna Monastery
Its founder is Přemysl Otakar II, who, according to legend, had it built after winning the battle of Kressenbrunn in 1260, as a reward and in honor of the Virgin Mary and God, whom he begged before the battle to win. In 1263, Cistercian monks were called to Zlatá Koruna. At that time, however, this place and the monastery were called the Holy (Thorn) Crown, and the reasons for its exhibition were also of a different origin than just thanks to force majeure for winning the battle. Due to its location, the monastery was supposed to prevent the Vítkovci family from Český Krumlov from expanding.
Even after the departure of the Cistercian monks, the local monastery retains its distinctive character and charm. The romantic location on a promontory, surrounded on three sides by the Vltava River, creates charming views and atmosphere.
At present, two sightseeing routes are open to the public in Zlatá Koruna. Within the first of them you can see the former monastery, ie the convent buildings, the cloister, the dining room, the two-storey chapel of the Guardian Angels or the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, which is considered the largest church in southern Bohemia.
The second route, unlike the first, can be walked on its own, without a guide, and it is possible to get acquainted with the literary events of southern Bohemia in the Czech - German - Austrian border, in the period from the Middle Ages to the present.
In 1995, the Zlatá Koruna monastery was declared a national cultural monument.