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Czech Reformation Grand Tour, South Bohemia

On this trip you will discover the important places of the Bohemian and Moravian Reformation, which will be highlighted during the upcoming 600th anniversary of the death of Jan Hus (John Huss) in 2015.At the end of the 14th and during the early 15th Century, the Reformation in Bohemia and Moravia was strongly influenced by the work of Jan Hus. He served as a preacher, professor and writer. There are several places, especially in Prague, which are related to the work of this famous Czech reformer.Jan Hus was a Czech spiritual thinker in the Middle Ages and at the same time the rector of Prague’s famous Charles University. He was particularly strong in criticizing the lax morals of the church. In this respect, he was influenced by the thinking of the English reformer John Wycliffe and was persecuted for his stance by the Catholic Church. He was finally burned at the stake as a heretic in 1415 during the Council of Constance. His death was the catalyst for the Hussite unrest in Europe and the same time his work served as a precursor to the later Reformation. The Czech Reformation ushered in a century of greater reformation in Europe. This period was represented by another more well-known Augustinian monk and university professor by the name of Martin Luther. He identified himself with the Czech Reformation based on the book by Jan Hus, called “About church.”

 

 

Itinerary

8:15 Departure from Prague

9:45 Arrival to Tábor

10:00 – 11:30 Visit of the Hussite Museum – Exhibition “Hussites”

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch

13:00 – 14:00 Travel to Chelčice

14:10 – 15:00 Visit of Peter Chelčický Memorial

15:00 – 15:20 Travel to Husinec

15:30 – 16:30 Visit the birthplace of John Hus

16:45 – 17:00 Travel to Prachatice

17:10 – 18:00 Walk around historic center, coffee – freetime

18:10 Departure for Prague

19:00 Arrival in Prague

 

Starting point: Prague
Duration: approx. 11 hours
Group size: minimum 6 persons

 

What is included in the price

  • Transportation
  • Professional tour guide
  • Entrance fees to monuments included as per itinerary
  • Magni Guide Publication

 

What is not included in tour price

  • Accommodation
  • Air transportation
  • Meals and beverages
  • Passenger trip cancellation insurance (details sent with reservation form)
  • Gratuities for tour manager, and driver
  • Cultural entertainment

 

Tour itinerary includes a visit to the following towns and its monuments

Tabor

In 1420 the Hussites founded and named Tabor after the Biblical Mount Tabor. From this place, the Hussites were leading their crusades under the direction ofcommander Jan Zizka. The city can be proud of a labyrinth of streets and countless secluded places that recall the history of the Hussite town. Monuments: Husitské muzeum (Hussite museum); Kotnov Tower; catacombs; děkanský kostel Proměnění Páně na hoře Tábor (Dean Church of the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor) (1512)

The Hussite Museum in Tabor

The Hussite Museum in Tabor is amongst the larger museums in the country, and it is one of the most visited museums in the Czech Republic.

To its visitors, it offers three permanent exhibitions in Tabor, three in Sobeslav and two in Veseli nad Luznici. Apart from these, it also offers visits to several historical buildings in these localities, and several temporary exhibitions.

The Museum has in its collections more than half a million items, many of which are of international significance.

Memorial of Peter Chelčický in Chelčice

Chelčice village is the birthplace of the famous medieval religious reformer and philosopher Peter Chelčický (1390-1460). You can view his memorial with interactive features of medieval times. Memorial represents both the personality Peter Chelcicky, and its link to the region.

Among the outstanding figures of the period of the „flowering of the Czech Reformation,“ Peter Chelčický occupies a prominent, and in some respect a unique position. Although not as well known as John Hus, from certain points of view Peter is more important, certainly more original, than the great Czech Reformer, insofar as in his radical biblicism he went far beyond the latter.

Husinec (Hussinetz)

The birthplace of the most famous representative of the Czech Reformation, Jan Hus, who was born in 1369 in a house on the market square.Monuments: birthplace of Master Jana Hus; town hall from the 16th century; churches Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Povýšení sv. Kříže) and St. Cyril and Methodius (sv. Cyrila a Metoděje)

Prachatice

The town was established in connection with the colonization of the forests of Šumava along trade routes. At the time of the Hussite wars the city was conquered by the Taborites. After the declaration of the Basel Compact, Prachatice joined the side of king Zikmund Lucembursky and
thereby became a royal city… but not for long. The city lost and regained this status several times. Monuments: Late Gothic Church of St. Jacob (kostel sv. Jakuba) (est. prior to 1359) with a star vault, fragments of the exterior facade painting of the Crucifixion of Christ (1516), late Gothic pews and a sanctuary from the year 1508; urban conservation area / heritage site.

Czech Reformation

Animation: Jan Zizka, the Hussite Warrior

Laurie, Prague, Czech Republic  
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What an great experience to be able to visit significant places reflecting the rich spiritual history of the Bohemian Reformation. Our visit to Tabor which was the center of the Hussite rebellion was wonderful. The museum including the detailed audio guide was excellent and provided greater insight and understanding into this period of Czech history. The time roaming around the town including the Jan Žižka main square was capped off with a wonderful lunch. Further travels and a visit to the home of Petr Chelčický, a Christian leader and author in 15th century Bohemia was equally inspiring as we also visited the church and surrounding buildings with a natural garden. Our stop in Husinec allowed us to visit the birthplace of Jan Hus, the great Czech reformer and was also a highlight of our journey. Visiting the historical town square of Prachatice including a stop for coffee provided the perfect ending to a fantastic day.

Roger, Prague, Czech Republic   1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

The tour was excellent from start to finish. the information provided in the van between Tabor and Husinec was very interesting and helpful.

Jim, Prague, Czech Republic   1 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 5

Very well planned! Good combination of museums and towns. Enjoyable tour I would recommend to others!

Thomas, Dallas, USA   1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

An amazing learning experience. Very informative.

PAX Rack rate Discount Price for partners*
1 - 2 pax 215 EUR per person 5% 205 EURper person
3 - 6 pax 99 EUR per person 10% 90 EURper person

Price is netto, including VAT, fees inlcude: entrance fees, Magni book guide, 1x lunch

Entrance fees: Hussite museum, Chelčice / Memorial of Jan Chelčický, Husinec – birthplace of Jan Hus

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