Český Krumlov Monasteries
We invite you on a journey in the history of Český Krumlov and its monateries.
- ČK CARD valid here
- guided tours
- credit/debit cards
- conference rooms
- school programmes
The former Minorite monastery, now owned by the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star, offers gems such as the St. Wolfgang Chapel, where original Gothic murals were found on the bottom part of the walls beneath all the mound and later layers, continuing with Baroque draperies and Art Nouveau ceiling depicting the life of St. Wolfgang.
The Gothic arches of the ambit provide a space for the uniquely preserved lunette painting cycle depicting the birth, life, and death of St. Francis of Assisi. From the original 25 paintings, 18 were restored. The paradise garden of the ambit was overbuilt with the Virgin Mary of Einsiedeln Chapel, gifted to the monastery by Johann Christian of Eggenberg in 1680. Even though the chapel is much younger than the monastery itself, it was built in the Gothic style.
Another remarkable part of the exhibition is the Corpus Christi Church, where you can see the authentic altars, religious paintings, and murals formerly hidden under layers of paint and plaster. The Corpus Christi Church still serves its purpose with regular masses of the Roman Catholic and Greek Catholic church.
Craft workshops also have their place in the monastery complex. In the craft lane, you will find such people as blacksmiths, bag makers, glass makers and dyers. Accompanying programmes give you the opportunity to try individual crafts in the workshops.
A café provides visitors with a peaceful seating area indoors or in an outdoor atrium. Visitors can also treat themselves to small snacks and sample some of the products made in a local bakery.