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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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