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Monasteries Český Krumlov Invite You to a New Exhibition

Monasteries Český Krumlov, recipient of this April´s prestigious Monument of the Year 2015 Award, invite you to visit the newly restored Minorite and Poor Clares Monasteries. The abundant schedule of events and permanent exhibitions offer an interesting learning and fun experience for the whole family.

The Emperor´s Baker - The Baker´s Emperor: 9 October 2016 - 31 March 2017

A newly installed exhibition "The Emperor´s Baker - The Baker´s Emperor" can be visited from Sunday 9 October 2016 until the end of March 2017.

Why reference the film The Emperor´s Baker - The Baker´s Emperor at the monasteries?

The building of Český Krumlov monasteries were restored as part of the "Returning the Monuments into Life" programme which explains the choice of this particular film. The film is situated in the reign of Emperor Rudolph II. who purchased the Český Krumlov dominion in 1601 from the last representative of the House Rosenberg. His 20-year long reign became the most controversial part of our town´s history. Similar controversies can be found in the legendary historical comedy The Emperor´s Baker - The Baker´s Emperor.

What can be seen at the exhibition?

The star of the show is a collection of original costumes (four of them have gained the National Heritage of the Czech Republic status) and props from the film. You can place your own eternal youth elixir into the alchemist's workshop furnished with costumes and props from the film, you can sample the atmosphere of Matěj´s imprisonment at the cellars, try a film costume in the chamber of Countess Strádová, get a taste of the period feast on the Emperor´s court with food props and costumes of court members. You can also admire Emperor Rudolph II art collection, including Mona Lisa paintings. Which one is genuine? You can also trace the destructive footsteps of Golem and test your knowledge of this cult film in a quiz.

Here comes a final icing on the cake!

The exhibition The Emperor´s Baker - The Baker´s Emperor includes works of the Barrandov studios from the last five years.

Stories of Krumlov Monasteries: 3 September 2016 - 31 December 2017

A long-running exhibition called "Stories of Krumlov Monasteries" has been taking place at the Český Krumlov monasteries from September this year. It presents the process of the largest restoration project in the modern town history through photographs by Ladislav Pouzar and copy by Jiří Bloch. Visitors can get a glimpse of some of the (many) stories of the careful restoration of several monastery locations dating back more than five hundred years on 16 boards with a total of around 270 photographs.

Permanent exhibitions

The Český Krumlov Monasteries, which last April won the prestigious 2015 Monument of the Year, invite you to visit the newly renovated premises of the Minorite Monastery and Poor Clare Convent. Permanent exhibitions provide plenty of space for education and entertainment for the whole family.

Kláštery Český Krumlov

The Český Krumlov Monasteries exhibition in the former Minorite monastery acquaints visitors with the history of the Minorite Order as well as the rich architectural history of the grounds.

The interactive exhibition of human skills and the arts of our ancestors presents visitors with the traditional knowledge and skills of medieval monasteries. Visitors can look through an alchemist's kitchen and learn about how food was stored in the Middle Ages. Period quarters demonstrate how people lived during the Gothic and Renaissance periods, and you can even try historical clothing. Another attraction is the herbal workshop and soap workshop, recently extended to include new interactive features. In the scriptorium, you can create your own stencil decoration, try writing with a quill, or have fun in the playroom with replicas of medieval toys, machines, and inventions. For a spooky experience, visit the mysterious attic areas, where you'll witness a Danse Macabre, a Camera Obscura, and a large model of the historic center of this part of Český Krumlov.

The exhibition Life and Art in the Convent of the Poor Clares acquaints visitors with the monastic life of the Sisters of St. Clare in historical context of with medieval art and historical piety. In the former Convent of the Poor Clares, a unique exhibition of 200 years of the Passion Plays in Hořice is currently underway, running until 28 September 2016.

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