Monastery Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary

1719, repair; investor Jeronym Hlina, Abbot of Premonstratensian Monastery in Zeliv

zeliv-pudorysThe Gothic basilica of the Premonstratensian Monastery Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary in Zeliv was rebuilt in the late 14th century from the original Romanesque building. After a devastating fire in 1712, the Abbot began searching for an architect and designer who would rebuild the church. Santini comes to Zeliv in 1714 to design a project and then supervises construction until its completion in 1720. Santini’s task in Zeliv was of a different nature to those in Sedlec or Kladruby, where it was just interpretation of the original medieval temple in the Baroque-Gothic style. In Zeliv, he was retained to erect a new building and attach it to the reconstructed Gothic chancel. The axis of the church is visually extended by a front vestibule and side towers. Between them is a Gothic monstrance. It is decorated according to Santini‘s design from 1719. The spatial design of the interior has a complicated concept. It consists of 3 naves, which are divided by hanging pendant keystones. They look incredibly fragile compared to medieval construction, as do the insights into the upper level near the large side windows.


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