Submitter: Premonstrate monastery in Zabrdovice - the Abbot Hugo Bartilitus
The ancient Marian pilgrimage place in Krtiny prospered a lot during the top baroque period. More than 50 000 pilgrims used to visit it yearly that time.
The abbot of the Zabrdovice monastery ordered replacement of the middle-age premises by the monumental baroque new building from Jan Santini in the year 1718. Santini, at the top of his creativeness, designed large premises that became a real baroque beauty spot of Moravia. Nevertheless, the whole building was completed only long time after Santini's death, in the year 1750, including number of changes implemented mainly for economical reasons. The central layout of the church is situated on the ground plan of the Greek cross fixed into centric circles. Arms of the cross interconnect in apparent curves of the dynamic baroque in the height of the vaults. As always, also here the light itself, its pass through the space and modelling of the individual structural elements of the interior architecture has a great importance for Santini. The original Santini's project was designed without the axial façade tower, on the contrary with high garret roofs and with the second side Chapel of St Joseph. This chapel, together with the existing Chapel of St Anna, centralizes the whole premises and closes the area both in the horizontal layout and in the vertical one.
The provost office itself was conceived as a big castle building of sophisticated design. Even in its reduced form, the premises of Krtiny represent a remarkably ingenious and crystallized architectural work, including its unique incorporation in the landscape.
Římskokatolická farnost Krtiny (Roman Catholic Parish Office Krtiny)
Phone: +420 516 439 189
Gsm: +420 736 529 221
Information and Tourist Centre
591 02 Zdar nad Sazavou 2
Phone: ++420 566 629 152
Fax: ++420 566 629 331
ITC ZDAS - Zamek Zdar nad Sazavou, design by TRINET, a. s.