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Echoes of prayers and petitions

arch11. The Church of the Archangel Michael in Smržovka

is one of the most significant late baroque structures in the Jablonec area. It was built in 1765-1781.

arch62. The Church of Saint Martin in Zlatá Olešnice

This protected monument to baroque architecture dates from 1776. The bell in its spire dates from 1554 and is a monument to the Czech bell making art of the 16th century.

3. The Church of Saint Francis of Paola in Albrechtice

The construction of the church was finished in 1784. It boasts a bell dating from 1636, an organ (the work of the local inhabitant J. Prediger, who was the best known organ maker of his day) and a beautiful glass chandelier. It is a significant cultural monument in the Czech Republic.

4. The Church of St. Wenceslas in Harrachov

The brick Empire-style church was built in 1822-1828 on the site of an original wooden church dating from 1788. It boasts a glass baroque chandelier dating from 1828 and a unique Empire-style, partially glazed altar dating from 1864.

5. The Church of St. Vitas in Příchovice

The pseudo-Romanesque church was built in 1821-1862 and it is a dominant feature of the landscape. The rectory building serves as a Catholic youth centre.

6. The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi in Tanvald

The foundation stone was laid in 1899, and the church was consecrated in 1901. It stands in the suburb of Šumburk nad Desnou.

7. The Church of the Ascension of Our Lord in Desná

It is one of the 5 preserved Old Catholic churches in the Czech Republic. It was built in 1889–1890 in the neo-gothic style. The Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary dates from 1903.

There are also interesting church buildings in Horní Tanvald (1789), Horní Polubný (1793) and in Velké Hamry (in Hamrska dating from 1894, on the square dating from 1925).

Arise pilgrim!

arch38. The mountain chapel on Mariánská Hora

was consecrated to the Virgin Mary in 1753 and Marian pilgrimages were made to it. This tradition was renewed after the chapel was restored.

9. The Chapel of Saint Anne in Tanvald

is one of the most charming monuments to small scale baroque architecture in the area of the Jizera Mountains. It was built in the second half of the 18th century and at that time it had rich interior decorations.

10. The Chapel of Saint Elizabeth in Harrachov

The stone chapel in the pseudo-gothic style was built in 1901. It is decorated with stained glass windows. It is unique thanks to its glass bell with a wooden clapper wrapped in leather.

arch511. The Chapel in Tesařov

In 1909, German evangelicals from the surrounding municipalities built an octagonal chapel so that they had somewhere to meet with other evangelicals from the former Prussian Silesia. The chapel became a symbol of the area which is visible from afar.

12. The Chapel of Saint Gothard in Příchovice

The chapel was built in 1817 and subsequently damaged by lightning. It was renewed in 2011. In August, it is the destination of processions and a fair is held there.

Here today, where tomorrow?

arch213. The Riedel Tomb in Desná

It was built in 1889–1890 as a family tomb for the glassmaking Riedel family. It is in the form of a neo-Romanesque-gothic chapel with a crypt.

14. The mausoleum in Albrechtice

The monumental structure with a dome became the last resting place for the businessman Johann Schowank, the founder of a company for the production of wooden toys and beads in Jiřetín pod Bukovou, in 1934.

Faith set in stone

15. The Bozkov Virgin Mary in Příchovice

also known as the Bozkov Mother of God is one of the most beautiful statues in the region. It stands between two linden trees at the nearby cemetery.

16., 17. The Pieta in Velké Hamry and in Zlatá Olešnice

Both groups of sandstone statues are rare monuments to the folk stonecutting art dating from the end of the 18th century. The younger of them originally came from a set of polychrome statues of the Pieta in Zlatá Olešnice.

18. The group of statues of the Holy Trinity in Stanový

God the Father, Christ and the Holy Ghost in the form of a dove hover on a cloud shrouded sphere on a base with a bas-relief of Jan of Nepomuk dating from 1836. It is a significant monument to the folk stone-cutting art.

19. Saint John of Nepomuk

is considered to be one of the patron saints of the Czech lands and was very often rendered in stone by folk stonecutters. Statues of Saint John of Nepomuk have stood in Návarov since 1733 and in Rejdice since 1793. He has watched over Příchovice since the beginning of the 19th century and Horní Polubný since 1824.

It is also possible to come across other saints, not only in churches, but also in many places in the countryside.

20. - 26. Everybody has their cross to bear ...

20. A mysterious stone so-called propitiatory cross is nowadays located near the Smržova Church. Depictions of Christ on the cross usually now serve as orientation points in the landscape. Some of them are enshrined in stories and legends, while others figure in the local names. They are also found at the sites of past tragic events. There are many of them in the Tanvald area: we should at least mention 21. the Hüttner Cross (on the yellow-marked trail from Štěpánka to Tomášový vrchy), 22. the Linke Cross (on the green-marked trail from Mariánská hora to Mariánskohorské boudy), 23. the cross on Mariánská hora, 24. the Fuchs Cross (in the riverbed of the Černá Desná) and the crosses in Smržovka or in 25. Josefův Důl. There is a beautiful cross 26. above Mariánskohorské boudy at the site called "U plechového Pánaboha." It is possible to say without any exaggeration that all of the crosses (including those not mentioned) are small works of art and that it would be difficult to find two the same.

My home is my castle

arch427. The ruins of Castle Návarov

This almost impregnable castle stood at the confluence of the Kamenice Rive and the Zlatník Stream. It was mentioned as early as in 1365. It is a popular hiking destination due to its position in a romantic landscape.

The inhabitants of the Jizera Mountains lived in simple timber buildings with a covered façade which were adapted to the local climatic conditions. The original scattered layout of the houses can be found in every municipality in the region. Some of them are treasures of folk architecture and are currently used for recreational purposes.

28. The Jizerka settlement

Thanks to the interesting composition of its romantic timbered and stone houses, the Jizerka settlement was declared a folk architecture heritage zone in 1995.

29. Mariánská Hora

It is also possible to find valuable examples of folk architecture in the Mariánská Hora settlement.


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