Religious monuments form a large part of the historical heritage of Pilsen. The city was a bastion of Catholicism, even in times when the Hussites were victorious in Bohemia. Today, Pilsen is the seat of a bishopric and one of the main destinations of tourists who go to western Bohemia in the footsteps of faith.
St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral
The truly dominant feature of Pilsen is the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew, whose construction coincided with the establishment of the city and was completed in the early 16th century. The church is a national monument, as is the argillite sculpture on its main altar, known as the "Pilsen Madonna”. The statue represents the so-called "beautiful style" of the Gothic period. The cathedral boasts the highest church tower in the Czech Republic (102.6 m), whose galleries at a height of 60 metres provide an overview of the entire city and its surroundings. The Šternberk Chapel, with an overhanging roof bolt, dates back to the first half of the 16th century. In 1993, on the order of Pope John Paul II, Pilsen was declared a bishopric and St. Bartholomew’s Church became a cathedral. The statue group on the east side of the exterior of the temple depicts Christ on the Mount of Olives, protected by a row of little angels, one of whom, according to legend, will make even the most secret of wishes come true ...
Franciscan monastery and Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In the vicinity of Republic Square is the Franciscan monastery and the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The church is one of the oldest buildings in the city that is still preserved in its original early Gothic style. The monastery was badly damaged during the Hussite wars. The Chapel of St. Barbara is decorated with frescoes dating from around 1460, when the monastery was restored. At the turn of the 18th century it was partly rebuilt in Baroque style. The monastery houses a permanent exhibit of the Museum of Religious Art of the Pilsen diocese. The exhibit offers visitors a chance to become familiar with the life and institutions of Christians through historical religious objects.
Church of All Saints
This is a former parish church of the settlement of Malice, on whose land Pilsen was built. Until 1322 it was also the parish church of the newly founded city of Pilsen. It was rebuilt several times, and the existing vaults are from 1590. During bombing in 1944, the church was heavily damaged. It was last modified in 1992.
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Church of St. George
The Church of St. George is one of the oldest buildings in the country. It was built for the Benedictine monks after Prague Bishop St. Adalbert returned from Rome in 992. Originally a Romanesque church, it is located in a picturesque valley at the confluence of the Úslava and Berounka in the Doubravka district.
Church of St. Anne at the former Dominican monastery
This Dominican convent was built by Jakub Auguston between 1711-1714; St. Anne was added later, based on a design by Auguston. Today, it is used by the Orthodox Church.
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St. Nicholas Church and cemetery
The Gothic Church of St. Nicholas was built in the years 1406-1410. Around the church is St. Nicholas Cemetery (from 1414), in which celebrities from Pilsen, such as J.K. Tyl, J.F. Smetana, J. V. Sedláček, St. Zauper, and E. Škoda are buried.
Church of John of Nepomuk
The church was built in the neo-Romanesque style based on a design by architects J. Svoboda and F. Stalmacher in 1911 - 1912. Its two towers measure 63 m.
Church of Our Lady of the Rosary
The church and the adjacent monastery were built by the Dominicans in 1913 based on a design by architect A. Möller.
The Church of the Nativity of Christ
This interesting Baroque church building dates from 1745. Its interior features frescoes and a Rococo altar.
Church of St. Martin
A Neo-Gothic building from 1906 in Lobzy Park.
Church of St. Peter and St. Paul
A Gothic building from the early 15th century