Barokní poutní cesta do Hájku u Prahy
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BAROQUE PILGRIM ROUTE TO HAJEK NEAR PRAGUE
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The essay is dedicated to the Baroque pilgrim route from Prague to the Loreta which is still standing in the Franciscans’ monastery in Hajek u Červeneho Ujezda. It originated in 1720-1733. Twenty alcove chapels in a regular spacing were built at the expense of leading noble families. Inside Theky were painted with murals depicting the lives of the Virgin Mary and St. Francis. The Franciscan order maintained and repaired them until the end of the 18th century. When the resources for thein repairs were stopped, the order had no finances for their maintenance. Six of them were pulled down in the course of the 19th century because of their bad condition. Eleven chapels have survived and have been gradually repaired. A section of the broken pilgrim route between Litovice and Hajek has been restored.
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