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In the Footsteps of Bohemian Brethren – Kralice Bible, Still Alive After 400 years

The year 2013 marks the 400th anniversary of publishing the last version of the Kralice Bible in 1613 by Moravian Brethren (Unitas Fratrum) a important Protestant denomination of Czech reformation period This church’s common name comes from the original exiles who came to Saxony in 1722 from Moravia to escape persecution, but its religious heritage began in 1457 in Kunvald, Bohemia. The Moravian Brethren placed a strong emphasis on literary activities and pedagogy. Thus they managed to appreciate the invention of letter printing and established their own printing shop. However, because the Unity of the Brethren was a persecuted church during the 15th century the Brethren concealed their printing shops. In 1501 the first Protestant hymnbook was printed and during the period 1579–1593 they published a Czech translation of the Bible (the Kralice, or Kralitz, Bible), which made outstanding landmark in Czech literature. The Kralice Bible was translated into Czech from Hebrew and Greek by theologians of the Unity of the Brethren and is regarded as the finest extant specimen of classical Czech and became the standard Protestant version of the Bible.

Itinerary

7:30 Departure from Prague

9:30 Arrival to Kralice nad Oslavou

9:45 – 11:30 Guided visit of Memorial of Kralice Bible, nearby church and refuge

11:30 – 11:45 Travel to Náměšť nad Oslavou

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at Restaurant in Renaissance castle

13:15 – 13:45 Travel to Třebíč

14:00 – 16:00 Guided tour in Třebíč – Jewish quarter – St. Procopius’ basilica

16:00 – 16:30 Free time

16:30 Departure for Prague

18:30 Arrival in Prague

 

Starting point: Prague
Duration: approx. 9 hours
Group size: minimum 7 persons

 

What is included in the price

  • Professional tour guide
  • Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
  • Entrance fees to monuments included as per itinerary
  • Magni Guide Publication

What is not included in tour price

  • Transportation
  • 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

Kralice nad Oslavou

The Memorial of the Kralice Bible, designed by the architect Bohuslav Fuchs in 1967, is situated next to the former fort which housed the secret printing house of Czech Brethren during the period 1578-1620. They printed not only books of religious character the most important of which is the Kralice Bible, but also profane works and school books.The permanent exhibition shows the visitor the life of the printing house in a larger cultural and historical perspective. It makes clear the importance of the printing house for the pedagogical activities of that time, for the Czech Brethren as a Church organization and for the art of printing itself.

Náměšť nad Oslavou

The castle in Náměšť nad Oslavou situated on the rocky part on the left bank of the Oslava River is one of the most important renaissance buildings in Moravia. A medieval stronghold from the 13th century which suffered ruin and then between 1565-1578 the Moravian family of Žerotín rebuilt the place to a spacious Renaissance castle, which has remained almost unchanged to its current state.

Třebíč

Even though the town was founded in the 12thcentury, an important cultural and historical event of recent history for the town was the year 2003 when the St. Procopius´ basilica and the Jewish Quarter and cemetery were incorporated into the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. We will walk through the town visiting important sights with local guides.

Czech Reformation

Animation: Jan Amos Comenius

PAX Rack rate Discount Price for partners*
2 - 7 pax 95 EUR 10% 86 EUR
8 - 14 pax 70 EUR 20% 56 EUR
15 - 18 pax 55 EUR 30% 39 EUR

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

Entrance fees: Memorial of Kralice Bible, Třebíč (UNESCO) -Jewish ghetto tour and St. Procopius’ basilica

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