Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pilgrimage Church of Saint John of Nepomuk

The mexican card wasn't the only new unesco card i've receive last week.
The Pilgrimage Church of Saint John of Nepomuk is my 11th site from Czech Republic, that means i'm only missing 1 unesco site from this country, the Jewish Quarter and St. Procopius' Basilica in Trebic.
This card was 1 of the 11 cards i've received from Emerich.
"The Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk at Zelená Hora in Zdar nad Sázavou, is the final masterpiece of Jan Santini Aichel, a maverick Bohemian architect who combined the Barrominiesque Baroque with references to Gothic elements in both construction and decoration.
In 1719, when the Roman Catholic Church declared the tongue of John of Nepomuk to be "incorruptible", work started to build a church in Zelena Hora, where the future saint had received his early education. It was consecrated immediately after John's beatification in 1720, although construction works lumbered on until 1727. Half a century later, after a serious fire, the shape of the roof was altered.
The church, with many furnishings designed by Santini himself, is remarkable for its gothicizing features and complex symbolism, quite unusual for the time. In 1993, it was declared a World Heritage Site. The nomination dossier pointed out to Santini's ratios aimed at "the creation of an independent spatial reality", with "the number 5 being dominant in the layout and proportions" of the church." - in: wikipedia

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