Visiting Svata Hora (Holy Mountain) a 16C pilgrimage site

June 5, 2017

Down here on the outskirts of Prague, in the central Bohemian region, is an ancient silver mining town called Pribram.
Above Pribram is a mountain, and on that mountain is a 16C Baroque complex of buildings which serves as a holy pilgrimage site to the Virgin Mary.
It’s not much of a mountain as far as my West Coast mountains go, it’s more like a hill. But a good hill. A holy hill…an eminence! Yeah, that’s it, an eminence.

It’s a fair bit of a climb to get to the top of this eminence, but then, what good pilgrimage comes easily?

Happily, the climb is past beautiful meadows full of wildflowers.

Being at the top, at the holy site, is breathtaking…even for an agnostic like me.

Inside, the complex is cool and beautiful.

There is a long and amazingly painted arched corridor to walk all the way around the inside of the complex, with flights of stairs leading to several chapels in the central area.

The whole place is adorned with life-sized stone statues.

Many of them gilded.

It’s beautiful to touch the 16C stone. It’s so warm in the sunshine.

Angels are everywhere. Flitting past the virgin Mary, fluttering across ceilings, cascading down walls.

And inside the chapels are treasures of silver and gold.

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  • Reply Debra She Who Seeks June 5, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    It’s very beautiful and so well kept up!

  • Reply Susan June 5, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    The abundance of wildflowers is amazing and makes for an exceptional arrival to the holy site. I think about the artistic skill, devotion, and pure labor that went in to building this site. The wide arches, long walkways, statuary, angels fluttering above, and the walls of gold. Feels like a magical experience. Thank you for sharing this experience.

  • Reply Shammy June 5, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    So beautiful. Think how many millions of hours of work went into building this site and adorning it with it’s statues and priceless treasures. And all in the name of religion.

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm June 9, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Beautiful V .. and those meadows and wild flowers, very special

  • Reply Daryl June 12, 2017 at 5:40 am

    what fabulous photos …

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