Cyril and Methodius Route – Cultural Route of the Council of Europe

Trails in Czechia

Pilgrimage Church of the Purification of the Virgin Mary

Monumental Baroque building with the second highest vault in Moravia. It is a traditional place of pilgrimage. The two lofty towers of the temple are witnesses of pilgrimages held here for over 250 years. On their occasion, a solemn pilgrimage mass is celebrated in the church every year in the presence of the Archbishop of Olomouc, accompanied by the local church choir. In the surroundings of the church you can admire several large statues, such as the statue of St. Florian, St. John of Nepomuk and St. Joseph. The church was built by the architect Klíčník in 1734-1756. In 1731, the so-called Marian Residence was built next to the church, which was mainly used to house assistant priests. Later this building was connected with the church by a wall and today it serves as a rectory. Like many places in Moravia, this traditional place of pilgrimage is shrouded in legend – people are said to have come to the Baroque Church of the Purification of the Virgin Mary to admire the wooden image of the Virgin Mary that glowed at night.