Czech Republic
Zelena Hora Monastery

Stands as an architectural marvel, blending Baroque and Gothic styles in a stunning, spiritual setting. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this unique pilgrimage complex offers visitors a sublime experience of art, faith, and history. Read more

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The Zelena Hora Monastery is located near the town of Žďár nad Sázavou and was designed by the renowned architect Jan Blazej Santini-Aichel. The complex is best known for its Church of St. John of Nepomuk, an architectural masterpiece that brings together elements of Gothic and Baroque styles in an expression of "Baroque Gothic." The result is a dynamic, dramatic design that defies easy categorization, a true testament to Santini-Aichel's genius.
The Monastery is built on a five-pointed star layout, symbolizing the five virtues of St. John of Nepomuk, to whom the church is dedicated. St. John of Nepomuk was a 14th-century martyr who is revered in the Czech Republic. The complex also includes other interesting architectural elements like cloisters, an ossuary, and various chapels, each showcasing intricate details and craftsmanship.
For history enthusiasts and architecture buffs, Zelena Hora is a rich tapestry woven with legends, historical facts, and art. The place also exudes an aura of sanctity and tranquility that appeals to spiritual seekers and casual visitors alike.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Zelena Hora Monastery

Church of St. John of Nepomuk

The centerpiece of the complex, the church is an architectural marvel that seamlessly blends Gothic and Baroque elements.

The Cloisters

A peaceful setting perfect for contemplation, the cloisters feature classical columns and intricate designs.


The ossuary houses the remains of monks who once lived in the monastery, offering a somber but historically significant experience.

Pilgrimage Path

A scenic trail that allows visitors to explore the grounds in a way that emphasizes the monastery's role as a pilgrimage site.

The Five Chapels

These are situated at the points of the five-pointed star layout and each is dedicated to a different aspect of the life of St. John of Nepomuk.

The Museum of New Generation

This museum, though not part of the original complex, offers contemporary art exhibits that add a modern dimension to a visit.

Lookout Tower

Located nearby, this tower offers panoramic views of the entire complex and the surrounding landscape.

Souvenir Shop

Here you can pick up various memorabilia, including religious artifacts and books about the history of Zelena Hora.

Nearby Žďár nad Sázavou

The adjacent town offers additional attractions, including the Žďár Chateau, which houses an art museum.

Annual Pilgrimage Event

Each year the monastery hosts a religious event that attracts pilgrims from across the country, providing a unique chance to experience Zelena Hora in a communal atmosphere.

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