Churches and chapels

Břidličná, Church of the Three Kings

The first time which binds the parish to the church of the Three Kings is 1576. The Church of originally served Lutheran believers. There is no single style, it mixes elements of the Renaissance, Baroque and neo-Gothic. The dominant feature of this temple is seen in a huge nave quadrilateral tower topped baroque dome to the south side and open to the outside and inside. Its interior has a simple and airy feel. St. Epiphany is located in the middle of a former cemetery, the stone boundary wall has been registered as a cultural monument.

Břidličná, The Church of the Holy Spirit (evangelical church)

The Church of the Holy Spirit was consecrated in 1911. It is built in simple Gothic style. After the war the church began to be used by the faithful of the Church of Czechoslovakia then it became a funeral hall. The Church was reconstructed between 2007 - 2008 and now hosts traditional Catholic worship.

Dětřichov nad Bystřicí, Church of St. George

The Church of St. George is a single building with a vestry to the west. It was built in the years 1771-1773 in place of a wooden church which was built in 1532. In 2nd half of the 19th century a gallery and hall were built and the cupola vaulted nave was replaced by a flat ceiling. In the church you can see the altarpiece of John Amler of Sternberg and the late Baroque organ from the early 19th century. The church has a cemetery, surrounded by stone boundary walls with a brick gateway.

Dolní Moravice, Church of St. Jacob

The nave church of St. Jacob's in Dolní Moravice is first mentioned in 1351. The original medieval church stood on the same site and was first rebuilt in 1593 by master Joachim. The second, classicist reconstruction followed in 1795, since June 1794 the temple was struck by lightning seven times which damaged it considerably. The internal furnishings of the church are particularly interesting with an illusory wall altar with the image of St. James Elder by Johann Franz Greipel from before 1798. The area adjacent to the cemetery is surrounded by a plastered brick boundary wall with a wrought-iron gate, a mortuary and a stone staircase.


Ferdinandov, Chapel of the Virgin Mary

The chapel of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary is situated in the village of Ferdinandov was established in the year 1755 by Count Ferdinand Harrach for the colonists from the Ore Mountains. Of the original 12 houses, a pub and the chapel now remain only two newer houses used for recreation and the shrine itself. The chapel was built in 1839 and equipped with everything needed, including a bell. It now serves as a death knell for the branch chapel of St. Anna hornoměstského's church. Once people moved out of Ferdinandov, the chapel deteriorated so that it was threatened with demolition. Thanks to the interest of natives and former volunteers from Rýmařov and around the chapel was renovated in 1992.

Horní Město, Church of St. Mary Magdalene

The stone Church of St. Mary Magdalene is in Horní Město, built between 1611-1612 by Ondrej Grünbüchlu of Hoffmann and Střekov. The main altarpiece has St. Mary Magdalene at the table of Simon the Pharisee and was painted in 1768 by Jan Christoph Handke. The temple is decorated with two choruses. The first is a period picture of an old mine. The presbytery of the church was the chapel of St. Ann in 1741. The church had a cemetery but in 1842 burials there were banned because it was over the main shaft of hornoměstského ore district. The parish building in Horní Město was built in 1697 and now has a new facade.

Jiříkov, Church of St. Michael

In Jiříkov the church was originally dedicated to St. George and in 1624 belonged to the Lutherans. The temple was taken over by the Catholic Church and in 1655 gave it a new patron saint, Michael. That dedication is still the main altarpiece. Jiříkovský church was probably the first temple on the Sovinec estate. During the Baroque period it underwent extensive renovation to gain its appearance today. Untouched, leaving only the Renaissance Tower and armorial plate of Sovinec the former owner of the estate of John Kobylka of Kobylí and his wife Anna Ederovna dated 1605 on the right side of the entrance facade. The church has long been unused.

Křížov, Chapel of St. Francis Xavier

The Chapel of St. Francis Xavier is in the form of a cross-aisle building with a stepped rectangular chancel and apse. There is an adjacent tetrahedral sacristy, in the west facade rising from a ridge roof lantern with the ball, double-flight cross and the initials of a saint. The lower turret has an octagonal apse above the dome with a vane. The shield clocks are connected with opposite clock in the rear shield. The chapel has been desecrated and leased to a private person. The village had recently repaired the roof, glazed the windows and painted the walls white. The plan is to open an art gallery in the chapel.

Lomnice u Rýmařova, Church of St. George

The wooden Protestant church was built in the village apparently after the 16th century. After the plague, two hundred dead were burned in the church on the advice of the nobility. Therefore, a Renaissance church reconstruction was built over the ruins of a Gothic church from the time of the first settlement. Estate owner George Kobylky of Kobylího opened the the church in 1608 evidenced by a stone slab with a coat of arms. The fire in 1854 left the church very damaged, repairs lasted 10 years. Bells were commandeered in 1916, the village then purchased a new bell. The church organ was installed by Rieger-Kloss in 1915.

Malá Morávka, Church of the Holy Trinity

The wooden Lutheran church was built in 1614. In 1655 it was consecrated as the church of the Holy Trinity. The new parish church was built between 1790-1793. The final form of the church has a Baroque, classical style facade. Sundial from the southern wall and the ancient tombstone with the inscription and the motif of the skull and crossed bones on the back wall of the church are from 1791. The main altar is decorated with an image of the Holy Trinity. The original organ by Josef Staudinger from Andělské Hory was replaced in 1915 by an organ from Rieger, Krnov. Along with the Baroque parish from 1770 it creates a picturesque whole.

Malá Štáhle, Chapel of the St. John the Baptist

The walled chapel, built in 1759 by hereditary magistrate Augustine Meyer. The chapel was originally dedicated to 14 Ansars. The chapel has a single-tower structure, a single small vaulted presbytery and vestry, it stands on a hill above the village. The access road is paved with slate plates. The chapel is consecrated to St. John the Baptist. An image of the baptism of Jesus hangs above the entrance to the sacristy. The most interesting part of the original decoration is the way of the cross, consisting of folk paintings on glass. The Chapel is open only during midsummer pilgrimage.

Nová Ves, Chapel of St. Anne

The Chapel of St. Anne in Nová Ves was built between 1921 - 1922 probably in place of an original wooden chapel. It represents single-neo-Gothic architecture with a single wooden altar with the image of the Virgin Mary teaching, images of the Cross, with many benches and a procedural cross. Above the entrance is a gallery with a harmonium produced in New York. In the tower is the original church bell, cast in 1746 in Olomouc.

Ruda, Calvary

The Baroque calvary pilgrimage to the church of Our Lady of the Snow Hill leads along a path lined with statues of sandstone from 1760. The statues represent the 14 Passion scenes of the Cross. The twelfth stop is called Little Calvary - The Crucified between Mary and John the Evangelist is the figure of St. Mary Magdalene. Unique is 14 the scene to stop the grave. Each stop gave a different family, which is printed on the back side. Calvary was in 1963 declared a national cultural monument. On the first Sunday in August it hosts a fair. From the top is a panoramic view of the Hana fertile plain, bounded by the steep edge of the Lower Jeseníky on the east and northeast. You can see the northern part of the Drahany Highlands and Lowlands in the west. Towards the north lie the Highlands of Hanušovice and the eagle silhouette of distant mountains to the north we see the massive Hrubý Jesenik.

Ruda, Church of the Virgin Mary of the snows

By the year 1758 Ruda had only the bell tower from 1583 and the cemetery. The main impetus was to construct a church in 1755. A Royal referee went with a uničovský councillor through the forest to the mill. Suddenly the horse bolted and the carriage crumpled into the gorge. However, two passengers escaped without injury. To give thanks the two officers built the church in Ruda. Construction was completed in 1758 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary of the Snows. The event, which preceded the construction of the church, reminiscent of the image in the church hall. A remarkable piece of equipment is an ancient church organ from 1762.

Rýmařov, Chapel Navštívení Panny Marie (In Lipky)

The chapel, which is called the pearl of the Northern-Moravian baroque, was founded on a place, where an older church in 1710-1715 in the neighbourhood of the old hermitage. Friedrich Hösler was a very talented constructor from Rýmařov, who was the author of this unusual oval building. Alliance symbol of the Earl Aloise Harrach and his second wife Marie Arnoštka from Gallas was placed above the main entrance in 1721, which provided big financial means for the construction of this sanctuary. High above it is placed the sculptural group of Virgin Mary and her mother Saint Anna. Magnificent interior attracts by arch ceiling on four massive pillars with artificial marble. The area attracts mainly by frescos, whose author was the Olomouc painter Ferdinand Naboth (approximately 1664-1714) with his talented journeyman Jan Kryštof Handek (1694-1774) from close Janovice. He finished the decoration of the chapel in 1715 after early death and he became his successor in Olomouc. Fresco decoration with text tapes, which represent illustration of the Latin version of known prayer to Hail Virgin Mary Queen and they are completed by the oval medallion of saints, which protect against plague and catastrophes. A large fresco is directly above the entrance, whose style is different from the other and it is the only independent ceiling work of Handke. Handke is also the author of an excellent monumental painting on the main altar, which is completed by sculptures of mundane saints. Totally unusual is also the oval tribune, which goes around the whole area of the chapel and is accessible by two narrow entrances. Oblong frescos, which go around it are the later work of an anonymous author and do not have the quality of older authors. The chapel is furnished with five side altars, which are partly baroque and a high quality pulpit. Organs were installed in 1718. Chapel was protected against the fate of many other churches in the Rýmařov region mainly by Rýmařov priest ThDr. František Vaňák, later Olomouc archbishop and Moravian metropolitan, but also the respect to the great work among the Rýmařov people. Well renovated chapel was never seriously damaged again and it is a unique proof of original baroque building including the equipment. Only the bell-tower's casque has changed during the roof fire in 1883. The chapel was in past always the target of pleading procession from the whole region during the times of wars, plagues and catastrophes. Common graves of plague victims from surrounding villages were found in the front field of the chapel. The nice late baroque sculpture Victorious Virgin Mary (1774) and folk sculptural group Crucifixion (1812), which is placed in front of the chapel is really worth seeing. The Rýmařov parish church of St. archangel Michaela and another in Velká Štáhle, Břidličná, Albrechtice, Rýžoviště in Stránské, Sovince and elsewhere are worth seeing.

Rýmařov, Church of St. Michael

Reconstructed in the Renaissance style. It was originally a Gothic bell tower equipped with a wooden gallery, and dome with four towers at the corners. In 1625 the church was taken over by the Catholic Church. In 1688 on the left side of the aisle the free Garlands baroque chapel was built. An oil painting with the figures of the Altar of the Virgin Mary, St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena is the work of important native Janovic John Christopher Handke, from about 1725.

Ryžoviště, Church of St. John the Baptist

Rýžoviště church was built in 1603 on the foundations of an earlier church, from which only the tower remains. It served Protestant believers. When the people embraced the Catholic faith, the temple was dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The current look has been maintained from 1755-1958. The church tower is 49m, the front of the church is broad, tapering in height to form a trapezoid. The temple dome is decorated with frescoes by Josef Hübsche from Prague in 1902. The Baroque altar and six side altars were made by Tyrolean sculptor Joseph Obletter. The marble font with a polychrome statue of St. John the Baptist is from 1897.

Skály, Church of St. Wenceslas

The church was built in 1812 and dedicated to St. Wenceslas. The altarpiece, which was already in the original temple, painted in 1749 by Jan Christoph Handke from Janovic at Rýmařov. During the overhaul of the church interior the 80 year old benches were replaced with furniture culled from the cancelled Janovický chapel. In the church is the tombstone of Sidonie Heidenreichová from 1572, the alleged founder of the church prior to the onset of the Lutheran. Rýmařov served as one of the few Catholics churches. The statue of St. Wenceslas enclosed in the cemetery wall was declared a cultural monument.

Stará Ves, Church of St. Cross

The church of the Holy Cross was built in 1777 on the site of the old tiny flax, which Count Harrach gave the village. The unique style of construction is characterized by a low roof and high slender tower above the main entrance. The spacious interior delivers a semi-circular chancel with windows and a white altar dominated by a simple cross and several statues. The pulpit with rococo decoration is probably original. There is a large picture with the theme of St. Cross in the choir and organ. There is interesting decoration on the front two short pews in the nave and the Harrachovsky bench with a coat of arms, which has been reserved specifically for the family.

The Way of the Cross in Stará Ves

The Way of the Cross is an expression of piety originating in the Franciscan tradition. The history of this tradition goes far back, to biblical times. The well-known apocryphal story of the Virgin Mary’s death (most probably from the 5th century) has it that, toward the end of her life, the Virgin Mary used to walk along the Jerusalem Way of the Cross; this seems to have laid the foundation of a kind of prayer followed by Christian believers later on. Until the year 1073, pilgrims would go to the Holy Land without encountering great obstacles; nevertheless, in that year, the Turks invaded Palestine, they began persecuting the Christians and prevented them from visiting the holy places. In 1342, the Turks allowed Saint Francis to look after the sacred buildings in the Holy Land and protect them. However, not every Christian could afford to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, so the Franciscans wished to make it possible for the poor and for those who could not travel to the Holy Land to take an imaginary walk along the places connected with Christ’s passion. This is how the 14 stations of the Way of the Cross came into being; walking on the path leading to each of them was supposed to give people the courage and the inner strength to overcome weaknesses which they could not avoid on their life path. The Way of the Cross in Stará Ves was renewed in 2015, thanks to the inhabitants of this village and, especially, to Mr. Přemek Mázel who refurbished the crosses.

Tvrdkov, Church of St. Anthony of Padua

The church of St. Anthony of Padua is in the square in Tvrdkov and was completed in 1776. During the First World War the original bells, including the commemorative bell made in 1601 were removed from the church together with tin and copper candlesticks and timpani metal pipe organ it is the only case in this region in which musical instruments were seized for military purposes as well as bells. The replacement bells were consecrated in 1924 but were again removed during the Second World War.

Václavov u Bruntálu, Church of the Virgin Mary

Mary Virgin Immaculate Conception Church is a late-baroque building dated back to 1754-55. It was built at the site of an earlier Gothic church probably from 14th century which was demolished. The arched one-nave building with a semi-circle chancel and a prism tower with three bells was covered with a mansard roof. The picture of Mary Virgin Immaculate Conception for the main altar was painted in a workroom of Josef Dickel in 1792. The fresco paintings on two vaulted strips separating the vaults of the church are remarkable. The dominants of the church furniture are richly carved altars decorated with white paint.

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